30 Below Story Contest

28 September 2008

Narrative is calling on writers, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, ages eighteen to thirty, to tell us a story. We are interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary.
Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $300. The prize winners will be announced in Narrative. Additionally, ten finalists will be chosen and announced in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. (Limit of two entries per individual.)

We accept submissions in the following media:
Written: Works of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Submissions must not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced, with 12-point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page. Submit your document as a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file.

Drawn: Graphic novel excerpts and comics of no more than thirty pages, in .pdf format. Please include your full name in the title of the filename.

Photographed: Photo essays of between five and twenty images, each photo with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Captions or text must be included within the file that contains the images. Files must be .doc or .pdf. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.

Spoken: Original works of fiction and nonfiction in audio theater, including performance, radio journalism, and stories read aloud. Submissions may run up to ten minutes, in .mp3 format, with a bitrate of at least 128 kbit/s. Please include your full name in the file name.

Filmed: Short films and documentaries of up to fifteen minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 format. Please include your full name in the file name.

Timing: Entries will be accepted between September 20 and October 27, 2008. (The contest will close to entries at midnight Pacific Standard Time on October 27.) There is no entry fee.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by December 1, 2008. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions.

Entries must be previously unpublished, though we do accept works that have appeared in college publications. Entries cannot have been the winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. We accept online entries only. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your entry is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible (and accept our congratulations!).

To Submit go to narrativemagazine.com/30-below-story-contest

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