The purpose of this contest is to provide a venue for writers to have their work read and commented on by our editors and judges. Additionally, the winner of this contest will have his/her work published on the Blotter. And last but not least, the winner will receive a monetary prize! (Award monies are provided by the prize sponsor and the entry fee for the contest helps offset The Blotter’s costs.)
The award is open to all book-length fiction such as novels, novellas, collections of linked short stories, and manuscripts that merge genres. The first year’s winners included a literary manuscript, a crime novel, and a linked collection of short stories.
Prizes include $500 for first place and $125 for second place. Over $1,000 in books is split between the first through third place winner. All winners also receive a certificate. Winning entries are published in The Blotter’s print and internet versions.
Deadline: January 31, 2012. The entry fee is $25; all entry fees are used to offset the costs of the contest by the magazine. Entries consists of 10 to 20 pages, double-spaced, without the author’s name. A separate cover sheet should include the author, snail and email addresses, phone number, title of the entry, and a one-page synopsis. Full contest rules here.
The blotter also accepts regualar submissions of personal essays, short stories, ultra-short ficiton, poetry, etc. Full submission guidelines here.
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