Writing Contest: Chicago Tribune’s 2017 Short Story Competition Now Open

Writing Contest: Chicago Tribune’s 2017 Short Story Competition Now Open

The Chicago Tribune is now accepting short stories for the 2017 Nelson Algren Literary Awards. It is seeking original and unpublished short stories no longer than 8,000 words. To enter your story in the competition, it must be entirely fictional and not based on actual person, whether living or not.

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Small Presses: Opportunities for Unagented Writers

Small Presses: Opportunities for Unagented Writers

Two small publishers are open to unagented and unsolicited submissions within the next few weeks. Tayen Lane Publishing is seeking short stories for two anthologies until the end of March, while Black Balloon Publishing will consider manuscripts in April. Both companies publish a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books.

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Writing Contest: WOW! Seeks Short Fiction Worldwide

Writing Contest: WOW! Seeks Short Fiction Worldwide

Although WOW! is primarily for women, its 2016 Flash Fiction Contest is open to both men and women who write short stories in English from anywhere in the world. The contest is limited to the first 300 entries, so enter now.

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Writing Contest: Chicago Tribune Seeks Short Stories for Nelson Algren Awards

Writing Contest: Chicago Tribune Seeks Short Stories for Nelson Algren Awards

The Chicago Tribune is looking for original and unpublished short stories no longer than 8,000 words for the Nelson Algren Literary Awards. A grand prize of $3,500 and possible publication in the newspaper will be awarded to one winner. Nine other prizes will also be given.

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Are You a Closet Novelist? 3 Ways to Come Out

Are You a Closet Novelist? 3 Ways to Come Out

I used to be a closet novelist. I used to have the most excruciating conversations with co-workers who asked me every Friday: What are you doing this weekend? My answer was always the same: Oh…nothing special.

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