Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Narrative on-line magazine: submissions & contest

The editors write: "A nonprofit organization founded in 2003, Narrative is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age.  Sometimes referred to as the PBS of literature, Narrative is free for all readers, but we pay our contributors well." {But I don't see that they actually say how much, so I might take the claim with a grain of salt.}

"We welcome submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization. Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

"We look for quality and originality of language and content. In addition to submissions for issues of Narrative Magazine itself, we also encourage submissions for our Story of the Week, literary contests, and Readers’ Narratives."

Spring 2010 Story Contest

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 Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

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.

Awards: First Prize is $3,250, Second Prize is $1,500, Third Prize is $750, and 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.

Deadline: The contest deadline is July 31, 2010, at midnight Pacific daylight time.

Complete rules: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/86956
Submissions: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/submit-your-work
Home: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

Note: For information about all the annual writing contests in Canada, order The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, on sale now for $3 off the regular price. Details here.
For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and creative writing courses, see here.

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