Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 3, 2010

Short Story Contest

I know there are a lot of you who are writinig short stories, in addition to writing for children.  Bettelynn McIlvain has started submitting short stories and has gotten a few things published.  So all of you should consider submitting to a contest, especially if you are already writing short stories.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, 2010
Judge: Samuel R. Delany
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2011. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close personal friend of the judge. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the summer 2011 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2010. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May/June 2011, on the Boston Review Web site.

Submit online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card or Paypal.

Or mail submissions to:

Short Story Contest, Boston Review
35 Medford St., Suite 302
Somerville, MA 02143

Good luck.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Kathy,
    Sorry I’m late in making a comment and thanks for the PR! I would encourage everyone who has a short story tucked away to enter contests or send your stories out for publication. My short stories are not for children, but it sure feels good to know that my writing has an audience. In the meantime, I continue to work on the middle grade novel I adore. Cheers!


    • Bettelynn,

      There you are. I actually mangaed to get away for a few weeks. I was not looking forward to going, since I had so much work, but I really had a good time. My laptop died, so I couldn’t ake that and the cell phone service was not good. When nothing is available you are left with just kicking back and relaxing.



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