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A Cool Five Thousand (or $10,283 based on current exchange rates)

My enthusiasm for submitting stories for publication in literary journals, and particularly to contests, has declined precipitously over the past year or so. Maybe it's having wearied of beating my head against the wall in trying to get published in this too-many-writers-not-enough-readers climate, maybe it's the fact the journals don't pay their writers or that many contests seem shady and/or sordid, or maybe schlepping a pile of manila envelopes off to the post office has lost its giddy-with-hope thrill. At any rate, the few stories I've submitted lately have been via email - I figure if I'm not going to get published, or if I'm going to get published but not paid, I might as well make it easy on myself. Needless to say, story contests with entry fees (unless it's a venue like Storyglossia or Emerging Writers Network that I feel a strong personal connection to) have been entirely abandoned.

But this week I'm (no pun intended) taking a flyer: The 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize. Grand prize is £5000 with publication in an anthology, runners-up also get published. AND NO ENTRY FEE. I've got a story printed out and enveloped up, and I'm sneaking off to the post office in just a few minutes - this one is easily worth the overseas postage. Deadline for entries is December 21, writers, so move quickly. (Thanks to Maud for the tip.)

December 3, 2007 in Fiction | Permalink


If only I had a short story of my own, no matter how short (no lower bound is set), I'd send it and wait...

Posted by: May at Dec 3, 2007 3:22:48 PM