Liternational’s 1st Annual Santa Claws Contest

14 October 2012

$500 Fiction | $500 Non-Fiction | $250 Runner-Up  



THE SANTA CLAWS CONTEST is for aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers who have not professionally published. This contest covers TWO issues: the October Issue (horror / suspense) and the December Issue (holiday / fantasy). SUBMISSIONS for the December Issue ( holiday / fantasy) are NOW OPEN! Please DO NOT submit horror material. Liternational Editor’s will select the semi-finalists for publication and judging begins AFTER the December Issue’s release. Winners will be announced on or before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). For submission guidelines, click HERE.


WENDELL MAYO is a widely published, award-winning author of over one hundred short stories and three books. His work has appeared in the Yale Review, Harvard Review and Chicago Review, to name a few.  He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and a Fulbright to Lithuania. His awards include a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission; OAC Individual Artist Fellowship; the HarperCollins Fellowship; and resident writer appointments at the MacDowell, Djerassi Foundation, Yaddo, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Click HERE for more info.

FELICE COHEN has published over one hundred opinion columns and articles in amNew York, the New York Daily News, and Metro (New York, Boston and Philadelphia editions), many of which were picked up by the She is also the author of award-winning memoir What Papa Told Me. Read more about the book HERE.


  • COPYRIGHT: All story rights remain the property of the author.
  • GENRE: Fiction and / or Non-Fiction (please do NOT submit work targeted at children).
  • WORD COUNT: 1,000 to 5,000 words.
  • SEMI-FINALIST: ALL semi-finalists will be published in the October issue (horror / suspense) and / or December issue (Holiday / Fantasy) of LITERNATIONAL.
  • FINALIST: All finalists will receive cash prizes as follows: $500 for Fiction and Non-Fiction winner, $250 for the Runner-Up (in both categories).
  • DEADLINE: December 1, 2012 for Fantasy (please DO NOT submit horror themed material as those submissions are now CLOSED).
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners will be announced by SAINT PATRICK’S DAY (March 17th).
  • ELIGIBILITY: Writers with original fiction and / or creative non-fiction who are over the age of eighteen and have NOT published professionally are eligible. Staff members and featured guest artists are NOT eligible.  (See Contest Rules for more information.)
  • SUBMISSIONS: You may submit in BOTH categories. You may also make MULTIPLE submissions. However, each contestant is only eligible for ONE prize. (If you win Fiction, you may NOT win Non-Fiction or the runner-up prize in either category.) Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but it is YOUR responsibility to inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • CONTEST RULES: Be sure to familiarize yourself with Contest Rules.

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