Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 15, 2011

NARRATIVE Fall Writing Contest

Fall 2011 Story Contest

Our fall contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction.

Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Prior winners and finalists in Narrative contests have gone on to win other contests and to be published in prize collections, including the Pushcart Prize, Best New Stories from the South, the Atlantic prize, and others.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total.  We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.  Click here to submit your work.

Awards:

First Prize is $3,250

Second Prize is $1,500

Third Prize is $750

Ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2012 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is November 30, 2011, at midnight, Pacific standard time.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work.  Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.

All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually.

Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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