fiction contest: Pen Tales
- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Announcing PenTales Short Story Contest
PenTales is an innovative New York-based literary startup that creates
open stages – offline and online – where people can share their stories
with the world. Since its creation in 2009, PenTales has hosted live
story-sharing events and experimental literary projects in cities as
diverse as Berlin and Damascus. Learn how you can become a part of the
growing global PenTales community on pentales.com.
Submission Guidelines: Write us a short story (500 words or fewer) on
the theme of Borders. This contest is open to anyone, from published
writers to budding storytellers. All submissions must be original,
unpublished work. If your short story is in a different language,
please provide a valid English translation.
Deadline: January 15, 2011
Judging Criteria: Winning stories will showcase unique voices and
perspectives, and original ways of thinking about the theme of Borders.
While literary qualities such as prose and narrative structure will be
considered, the main questions our judges will ask are: 1) Which of
these submissions present the most creative and compelling stories? 2)
Which of these stories must be shared with the world?
Prizes: First, second, and third-prize stories will be shared with the
global PenTales community and featured on our website, newsletter, and
social media platforms alongside a review by comedian and actor Seth
Herzog. The first-prize short story will also be published in print in
Prism, a Princeton University literary journal.
About Seth Herzog:
Seth is a longtime comedian and actor. He has been a regular
commentator on VH1 for the last six years and can currently be seen in
sketches on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Seth appeared on "30 Rock"
last month, and you may also know him from his many memorable turns in
films including Role Models, Prime, The Ten, The Baxter, The Winning
Season, and on Comedy Central shows like "Chappelle's Show" and
"Stella." His weekly show "Sweet" has been a staple of downtown New
York's comedy scene for six years.
Juror: D.S. Sulaitis
About D.S. Sulaitis:
D.S. Sulaitis was a recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New
York Foundation of the Arts in 1996 and 2004. She has been published
three times in Boston Review, and was selected by Ha Jin as the winner
of Boston Review's 11th annual short story contest. Her winning story
was praised by Ha Jin as a "story subtly structured and written in
lucid, elegant prose. The author's mastery of the craft of short
fiction is evident everywhere. Above all, the story reveals the
complexity and mystery of human drama." Ms. Sulaitis has also published
an essay in the popular anthology My Father Married Your Mother:
Dispatches from the Blended Family (W. W. Norton & Company). Her work
has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including The
Cortland Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Inkwell, and New York Stories.
Send your submission to
<writepentales(at)gmail.com>. (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
Include in the subject line of your e-mail your name and location.
Please copy and paste your short story in the body of the e-mail. No
attachments will be opened.