American Identity Literary Contest
Prizes: Prize is $500 in each of two genres—fiction (short story) and
non-fiction (essay)—and publication on www.american-identity.com.
Eligibility: There is no reading fee. Entrants must be 18 years of age or
older and actively attending an accredited four-year U.S. college or university.
Students are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-U.S.
citizens. Contestants must have a valid email address for notification purposes.
Purpose: The aim of the contest is to encourage emerging student writers to
explore the dynamic nature of American Identity as the nation continues its
transformation into a multi-ethnic and multi-heritage society. Specific subjects
of inquiry or fictional development include but are not limited to:
How have your own heritages shaped your understanding of American Identity?
How have mixed-ethnicity individuals (“Hapas”) changed your understanding of
How has exposure to other heritages transformed your understanding of
Any other theme relating to the adaptation of the American Identity,
collectively or individually, in a dynamic, mobile society of mixed heritages and
Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by writer Charles Hugh Smith, author of
I-State Lines. Smith's own family is a mix of Mexican-American, Asian-American,
African-American and Anglo heritages, and the contest reflects his interest in
the dynamic nature of identity in America.
How to Enter:
All entries require a signed entry form
(go to http://www.oftwominds.com/american-identity.html
for entry form)
Submit via U.S. Postal Service no more than one original, previously
unpublished work between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length in each genre (fiction/story
and non-fiction/essay); i.e. you may submit a single story or essay, or one of
Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy for your records.
Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
Entries must be written in the English language and be printed or typed in
doubled-spaced or 1.5 spaced 12-point font.
Include the title and page number in the header of every page of each
manuscript being submitted.
Multiple submissions are allowed—i.e., you can enter stories or essays that
have been submitted to other contests or publishers.
Mail your completed and signed entry form and a copy of your original story
and/or essay, to: American Identity, P.O. Box 4727, Berkeley CA 94704.
Entries must be received by June 30, 2007.
The winners will be notified via email and their names posted on our website
no later than September 6, 2007.
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever
prohibited or restricted by law.
Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in
All taxes (federal, state, local, and any other) are winners’ sole
responsibility. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be assigned. No substitutions
allowed. Prizes will be paid by check in U.S. currency.
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that all submissions are
judged fairly. American-Identity.com subscribes to the Council of Literary
Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics.
American-Identity.com reserves the right to publish entries on the website
for the lifetime of American-Identity.com, and to submit the winning entries to
other print and online publications. You retain all other rights to your story
Partially completed entries, illegible entries, and submissions with
incomplete or unsigned entry forms will not be accepted. No liability is assumed for
lost, late, mutilated, illegible, stolen entries, or for postage due or
misdirected mail. American-identity.com is not responsible for errors in printing or
electronic presentation of the Contest. If for any reason the Contest is not
capable of running as planned, due to causes beyond our control which adversely
affect the secrecy, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, we
reserve the right, at our discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers
with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the
contest. In the event the contest must be terminated, a notice will be posted on our
Prize Winners will be notified by email and will be required to sign and
return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability within 14 days of
notification. A noncompliance within that time period or the return of any
notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and, at our discretion,
the selection of an alternate Winner. In the event of any other noncompliance
with rules and conditions, prize may be awarded to an alternate winner.
Limits of Liability
By participating, all entrants agree that American-Identity.com and Charles
Hugh Smith will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or
damages of any kind, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from
the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prize, or participation in
this contest. By entering the contest the Prize Winners consent to the use of his
or her name and biographical data for publicity and promotional purposes on
behalf of future American Identity contests with no additional compensation or
further permission (except where prohibited by law). Other entry names will
not be used for subsequent mail solicitation.
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