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19 October 2013

Now open for entries.

Deadline: 30th November 2013

Type:  Short Story (UK and International)


Winner:  £1000

Runner-up:  £100

4 x Highly Commended £25.00

All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and consideration for a short story collection/anthology publication.  Full results will be announced by 30th March 2014.

Fee £6.00.  Length:  1000 – 3000 words, any theme and open to age 18+

NB:  Stories may have been previously published or unpublished – see website Rules 2 and 3.

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Deadline Extension For 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition: May 16: Midnight In All Time Zones

16 May 2013

Dear Writers,

This notification will not be posted on our website. We are extending our late deadline by one day only, until May 16, midnight in all time zones, due to requests by a number of writers who need extra time to complete their manuscripts.

If you are among those who need this deadline extension, and are submitting online, please simply use the late deadline function on PayPal for May 2-May 15. Your manuscript will still be accepted if you submit by May 16.

We shall post our guidelines below for your convenience. And we wish the best of luck, as always, to all who enter.

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition


Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-three year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water,and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.


Prizes and Publication:


The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of  the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.


Eligibility requirements for our 2013 competition are as follows:


What to submit:


* Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.


Who may submit:


* The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.


Submission requirements:


* Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. * The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.


Deadlines and Entry Fees:


* The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2013. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 16, 2012. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 16, 2013 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 16, 2013 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2014 competition beginning May 17, 2013.


How to pay your entry fee:


* Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.


Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:


Winners of our 2013 competition will be announced at the end of July 2013 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward, or sent via email to all entrants. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2013. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online. For more information, please explore our website or e-mail:shortstorykw<at>gmail<dot>com

VISIT THE WEBSITE: Monthy Short Story Competition

3 February 2013

Frequency: monthly (submit by last day of each month – e.g. Feb 13 comp will close on 28th Feb 2013 with results posted last week of March)


Genre: Any theme unless specified for that month (but no children’s or non-fiction)

Location: Australia but international entries highly encouraged

Word count: 2,000 – 3,000

Entry fee: $8 AUD

Prizes: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependent on number of entries.

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