Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize

from the website:

The Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize is meant to showcase the work of outstanding short-story writers, published or emerging. We are delighted to announce that the Judge of the Flying Elephants Prize is world-renowned author Edwidge Danticat, and that the Prize Fund is sponsored by Gregory Colbert, the artist and nature advocate behind “Ashes and Snow.”    AndWeWereHungry welcomes your entries!
  • Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Short-Story Length: No length restrictions, but longer manuscripts (8,000–10,000 words) or shorter manuscripts (less than 2,000 words) will have to be truly exceptional to be shortlisted.
  • Entry Fee: None.
  • Eligibility: Writers must eighteen-years of age or older, and short stories must be original and previously unpublished.
  • Theme or Prompt:  “And we were hungry…,” or “Hunger.” For isn’t it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, hunger or “lack that gives us inspiration?”
  • Grand Prize Theme: Consideration for the grand prize is reserved for stories that connect the theme with nature or the natural world.
  • Entry Instructions: A writer may submit two (2) short stories. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and if you need to withdraw a story, you can do so directly via our online submission submissions manager.  Entry of a novel excerpt is permissible, provided it stands alone as a short story.
  • How to Submit: Submissions accepted online only. You can submit your original unpublished short stories here.
  • Prizes: One grand prize winner ($2,000 + publication ), three finalists ($1,000 each + publication) and eight runners-ups (publication only).
  • Judge: Edwidge Danticat
We hope submissions will embody a wild diversity of perspective, voice, and style; and suspect that the most powerful submissions will wear the stated theme lightly while presenting us with something new to discover. We encourage work from writers of all backgrounds.

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