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Narrative Winter 2015 Story Contest

Do you have some writing ready to submit? Could you get it ready real fast?

Narrative Magazine’s Winter 2015 Contest ends Tuesday, March 31 at midnight, PST

This contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers: shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction.

Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative is looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

Narrative welcomes and looks forward to reading your pages.

Submission Fee: There is a $23 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Submission Guidelines: Please read Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

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  1. Kathy Myers

    Once again Marlene, you have made my day— a day spent revising and re-formatting a one act play and submitting to Narrative. The authors on this site appear to be way above my pay grade, but what the hell. My motto when it comes to submitting is: “Throw enough mud against a wall, some of it will stick.”
    I suppose I should spend the rest of the day cleaning, but my motto about housekeeping is: “Dirty enough to be comfortable, clean enough to prevent Typhoid.”

    Thanks for the heads up on this wonderful site.

    1. mcullen Post author

      Pleasure to be of service! 🙂 Love the connections.

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