Summer Literary Seminars is announcing its annual unified (Montreal, Lithuania and Kenya) literary contest, held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine. We are thrilled this year to have Mary Gaitskill judging the fiction, and Mary Jo Bang judging the poetry.
Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in Fence, as well as the participating literary journals in Canada, Lithuania and Kenya. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2010 programs – in Montreal, Quebec (June 13 – 27); Vilnius, Lithuania (August 1 – 14); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).
Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount.
A number of select contest participants, based on the overall strength of their work, will be offered tuition scholarships, as well, applicable to the SLS-2010 programs.
Contest Deadline: February 28, 2010.
Poetry Judge: Mary Jo Bang is professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Washington University. Her fifth book, “Elegy,” won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and she is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Her work has appeared in many journals including The Paris Review, The New Yorker,The New Republic, Denver Quarterlyand Harvard Review.
Fiction Judge: Mary Gaitskill is an author of essays, short stories and novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for Because They Wanted To in 1998. “Veronica” (2005) was a National Book Award nominee, as well as a National Book Critics Circle finalist. Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the film of the same name.
The complete guidelines for the 2010 contest are as follows:
One short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
No more than three poems per entry.
Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.
Entries can be submitted electronically, to: SLS Fiction Poetry Contest: firstname.lastname@example.org
A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.
Fees can paid paid online, via Paypal, or to the address below, by cheque.
NOTE: Online submissions and payments are much preferred, but if you would rather submit the hard copy and pay by cheque, the address is below:
Summer Literary Seminars
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada
Include your complete contact information (address, telephone, email address) on the manuscript. Entries are not judged blind.
All entrants will be notified of the winners in the spring by email.
Cover letters are not required.
Previous First-Place winners may not re-enter.
These are the complete contest guidelines.
We wish each and every one of you the best of luck with the contest!