I am excited to announce what I hope to be the first annual Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest. The winning story will be posted on this blog during the month of December 2006, and will also find itself published inthe Spring 2007 issue of Frostproof Review. The author will also receive $500.
While the stories will all initially be read and evaluated by myself, 20 finalists will be passed along to this year's Guest Judge: Charles D'Ambrosio!! He will select a winner out of these 20 finalists and write a brief introduction as to what it was that jumped out at him, and elevated it to the top of his pile. Charles D'Ambrosio has published a short story collection, The Point, as well as a collection of essays, Orphans. In April 2006, his second collection of stories, Dead Fish Museum, will be published by Knopf.
Now for the W's:
Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: All stories must be physically mailed and arrive with a postmark of August 15, 2006 or earlier (and feel free to start sending as early as today)
Length: Stories must be between 3000 and 8000 words in length
No former classmates of either Charles D'Ambrosio or Dan Wickett are eligible to win.
No students, former students, or former instructors of either Charles D'Ambrosio or Dan Wickett are eligible to win.
No family members of either Charles D'Ambrosio or Dan Wickett are eligible to win.
Of the 20 stories selected by Dan Wickett as finalists, at least half will come from non-EWN members (to ensure no pro-EWN member bias on my part, unintentional or not). This caveat relies on having received at least 10 submissions from non-EWN members.
The 20 finalists will be sent to Charles D'Ambrosio with no author names - he will be selecting his winner blindly. Once he's made a choice - we will verify that D'Ambrisio has never been a student of, or with, the author; nor a former classmate of the author; nor a family member of the author. At that point, we will announce the winner.
The 20 finalist titles and authors will be listed on this blog in the winner announcement post, again, in December 2006.
As this is an EMERGING WRITERS network - only authors who have (or will have) published three books or less as of December 31, 2006 will be eligible to win.
Manuscripts, and checks of $10 (made out to Dan Wickett) per entry, should be mailed to:
EWN 2006 Short Fiction Contest
1334 Woodbourne Street
Westland, MI 48186