The Writer 2011 Short-Story Contest

31 January 2011

Is your work ready to reach a wider readership? If so, then we invite you to enter The Writer 2011 Short-Story Contest.  

We’re looking for original fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold, and concise (no more than 2,000 words). We’re offering great prizes and great exposure for your work, including publication in The Writer

What are you waiting for? Submit your entry today!  

PRIZES
First Place:
$1,000; publication, along with the finalist judge’s comments, in The Writer magazine;  a free 10-week creative writing workshop offered online by Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($420 value); and one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. 

Second Place: $300; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on The Writer Web site (WriterMag.com); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. 

Third Place: $200; free enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on The Writer Web site (WriterMag.com); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.  

Finalist judge: Michelle Wildgen – novelist and executive editor at Tin House. 

Entry fee
$10 per entry, payable to Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Payments must be in U.S. funds. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Deadline
Entry must be submitted online by midnight, EST, April 30, 2011.

ENTER THE CONTEST

CONTEST OVERVIEW

1. Entries must be submitted online only, using the official entry form you’ll find by clicking here or the blue “ENTER THE CONTEST” phrase above. Mailed entries will not be accepted. 

2. All entries must be original and previously unpublished in a book, nationally distributed periodical or Web-based magazine. Entries must be in English and submitted by the author, who must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry.

3. Entries may not exceed 2,000 words (including title). No explicit sex, graphic language, or graphic violence.

4. A $10 nonrefundable entry fee, payable to Gotham Writers’ Workshop, must accompany each entry. If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you may send a check for $10 per entry, payable to “Gotham Writers’ Workshop” to the address below. You must include the title of your entry and your name on the check. Your entry will not be forwarded to the judges until payment is received. Mail checks only (entry must be submitted online using form above) to:

Gotham Writers’ Workshop
555 8th Avenue #1402
New York,  NY  10018-4358
Att: The Writer Short-Story Contest

5. You will receive an email confirmation upon the successful processing of your entry. Please allow five business days after submission for processing.

6. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee. No revisions will be accepted under any circumstances, as entries are forwarded to judges upon submission.

7. No simultaneous submissions are allowed.

8. Winners will be notified via email by August 15, 2011. All entrants will be notified of the results on August 31, 2011.

9. Employees and affiliates of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co., and Gotham Writers’ Workshop are prohibited from entering.

Frequently Asked Questions
     –      Official Rules

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