$2,000 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Ed Note: Heard about this fiction contest from a former student…

Entries are now being accepted for the 28th annual Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, created to recognize and encourage the efforts of writers who have not yet achieved major-market success. Writers will compete for a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize, and $500 third prize in this internationally acclaimed competition. Several honorable mentions are also awarded each year.

Stories in all genres of fiction are welcome. Maximum length is 3,000 words, and writers retain all rights to their work. The final deadline is May 15, 2008; winners will be announced at the end of July.

For complete guidelines, please visit http://www.shortstorycompetition.com, e-mail shortstorykw@aol.com, or send an SASE to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL  33041.

$2,000 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2008 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition to vie for $2,000 in cash prizes. The literary competition is open to all US 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 on-line or have self-published are considered on an individual basis. This competition celebrates the emerging writer.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000 in cash, while the second- and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Judges will also award honorable mentions to other entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition was created in 1981 to support and encourage the efforts of writers who have not yet achieved major-market success. Lorian Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Walking into the River,” the Pulitzer Prize nominee “Walk on Water,” and the powerfully evocative “A World Turned Over.”

To be eligible for the 2008 competition, stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and they may not exceed 3,000 words in length. There are no theme restrictions. Writers’ names should not appear on the stories, and manuscripts will not be returned. Copyright remains the property of the author. (We do not accept e-mailed submissions.)

Each story should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete address, e-mail address, phone number, title of the piece, and word count.

The entry fee is $12 for each story postmarked up to and including May 1, 2008, and $17 for each story postmarked from May 2 up to and including May 15. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2008, will not be accepted.

The entry fee may be a personal check, cashier’s check or money order in US funds. Foreign funds can be accepted if US funds are unobtainable; credit cards and Pay Pal are not accepted.  Writers can submit multiple entries in the same envelope, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet.

Winners will be announced at the end of July 2008 in Key West, Florida. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2008.

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition has a twenty-seven-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to supporting the efforts of emerging writers of short fiction.

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.

For more information, e-mail calico2419@aol.com or shortstorykw@aol.com.

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