Spring contests & Roberto Bolaño

Fourth Genre: Explorations in NonfictionMichael Steinberg Essay Prize

Nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Postmark deadline is the 28th of this month.

2010 Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

25 page maximum for stories and essays. 10 page maximum for poetry. Postmark/Online deadline is March 1st.

Narrative Magazine Winter 2010 Story Contest

15,000 word limit. Online submission deadline is March 31st.

All three of these seem really interesting. I’m planning a triptych of essays on perspective, so if I finish, I can send one to each contest. Good luck to you if you plan to submit. If anyone wants to exchange manuscripts, I would love to get some feedback in the next couple of weeks. I need to get back into the writing routine.

I’m halfway through Roberto Bolaño’s “The Savage Detectives” and I am in love with this novel. The polyphonic structure of the second part is incredible, and even though I do not know even a quarter of the poetry references, this novel has been a huge learning experience. I highly recommend it to anyone. It’s tough in some chapters, but it just keeps building and building, so it’s worth it in the end.

Oh yeah, I just got a year’s subscription to Zyzzyva, so I’m looking forward to the spring issue with Jackson’s story.

You can’t fail if you don’t try

So I’m trying. Here are a few literary contests I’ll be submitting work to in the next few months. I’ll probably be adding on to this post later. I found these on the deadlines section of Poets and Writers, here. They’re arranged by reading fees and deadline:

No Reading Fee Contests:

The New Esquire Fiction Contest

No reading fee – submissions of 4,000 words or less based on these pre-selected titles:

1. “Twenty-Ten”
2. “An Insurrection”
3. “Never, Ever Bring This Up Again” (this reminds me of DFW’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”)

Deadline: August 1st

Memoir (and) Memoir in prose and poetry contest

No reading fee, online submission system – 10,000 word limit or 5 poems

Deadline: August 15th

Contests with Reading Fees:

Literal Latte Short Short Story contest

$10 reading fee for up to 3 pieces, $15 for 6 – paper submissions only. 2,000 word limit.

Deadline: June 30th postmark

Narrative Spring 2009 Story Contest

$20 reading fee – 15,000 word limit for fiction/nonfiction

Deadline: July 31st

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

$20 per piece reading fee – paper submissions only. 10,000 word limit.

Deadline: September 1st

Literal Latte Personal Essay contest

$10 reading fee for one piece, $15 for two – paper submissions only. 6,000 world limit.

Deadline: September 15th postmark