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    St. Louis Writers Guild Annual Short Story Contest http://www.stlwritersguild.org For decades, the St. Louis Writers Guild, has sponsored an annual short story
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      St. Louis Writers Guild Annual Short Story Contest
      http://www.stlwritersguild.org

      For decades, the St. Louis Writers Guild, has sponsored an annual short story
      contest, which must be one of the longest running writing contests, if not
      the longest running writing contest in the country. It is certainly one of the
      most prestigious. Tennessee Williams won first place in this contest in 1935
      for his story, "Stella for Star." (University of Delaware library; Special
      Collections Department; Tennessee Williams Collection, 1939-1994;
      www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/williams_t/willtenn.htm.)

      The contest opens for submissions every October and prizes are awarded in
      December. Historically, entries have come from all across the nation and Canada.
      Stories are blind-judged by one or more expert(s) in the fields of writing
      and/or publishing. Writers do not need to be a member of SLWG in order to
      participate in this contest.
      Contest Opens October 1, 2007. Do not submit entries prior to October!

      GUIDELINES
      Topic The work must meet the specific form requirements of a short story, be
      a work of fiction
      written in English, represent the author's original and unpublished work, and
      be intended
      for an audience composed of adult readers (as opposed to a story intended for
      children).
      Any topic is allowed, but works that include pornography, extreme violence,
      racism, and/or
      other content that is not appropriate for a mainstream literary audience are
      not eligible.
      Contest Opening 2007 contest opens for submissions on October 1.
      Do not mail entries prior to October
      as they will be disqualified and cannot be returned.

      Deadline Entries must be postmarked on or before November 10, 2007.

      Entry Fee $15 per manuscript; limit one entry per person.
      Submission Rules
      Story must not exceed 5,000 words. Title does not count in word limit.
      A typed cover page must be paper-clipped to the top page of the manuscript,
      indicating
      the story’s title, followed by the author’s name, address, telephone number,
      email address
      (if available), and the total number of words in the story.
      Manuscript must be typed in double-spaced format on standard white paper
      (8-1/2 x 11)
      in black ink using a standard typeface or font, such as Courier, Times New
      Roman, or Arial.
      All story pages must be stapled together in the upper left corner of the
      manuscript. You
      must include a page number in the lower right corner of every page.
      The story’s title must appear on the first page of the manuscript—about
      midway down the
      page. The story’s title must also be typed in the upper left corner of every
      page of the
      manuscript. The story’s text must begin two lines beneath the title on the fir
      st page. DO
      NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON ANY PAGES OF THE MANUSCRIPT.

      Announcement of Winners
      Winners’ names and story titles will be posted on the St. Louis Writers Guild
      website during
      the week of December 4 and announced in the SLWG free electronic newsletter,
      Here’s
      News! that week. Entrants can subscribe to Here’s News! on the SLWG website’
      s Home
      page

      Prizes Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded as follows to the top
      place winners:
      1st Place $500
      2nd Place $250
      3rd Place $100

      The top three finalist entries that do not place for cash prizes will receive
      Honorable
      Mention certificates.
      Provided that winners email an electronic file (in Word), the full text of
      the top three
      winning entries and all Honorable Mention stories will be published on the
      website’s
      Contest page for the enjoyment of website visitors. Additionally, the three
      top place
      winners are invited to read excerpts of their winning entries before a live
      audience at a
      special SLWG open mic reading event on Tuesday, December 11 (See Calendar for
      location
      and details. Please register to attend).
      St. Louis media will be contacted to publicize the contest’s outcomes and the
      winners’
      names and stories will be retained in the St. Louis Writers Guild archives at
      Central Public
      Library in St. Louis for posterity.

      2007 Judge The 2007 contest judge is Rick Skwiot, winner of the Hemingway
      First Novel Award,
      finalist for the Willa Cather Prize, and author of the critically praised
      childhood memoir,
      Christmas at Long Lake. Skwiot has published short stories, essays, book
      reviews, and
      feature articles in magazines and newspapers. He has taught creative writing
      at
      Washington University, Old Dominion University, the University of
      Missouri-Columbia, and
      the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he served s Distinguished
      Visiting Writer for
      2004. He is currently working on a novel set in Key West and Havana.

      Submission Mailing Address
      All submissions are required to be MAILED, using the United States Postal
      Service and
      must bear a postmark date on or before the Deadline (November 10, 2007).
      Mail entry to:
      St. Louis Writers Guild
      Attention: 2006 Short Story Contest
      P.O. Box 724
      St. Louis, MO 63026-0724
      IMPORTANT: Please note that “Signature Required” mail will not be accepted.
      SLWG cannot respond to telephone and email inquiries concerning receipt of
      entries.
      MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. DO NOT ENCLOSE A SELF-ADDRESSED
      ENVELOPE. Entrants may enclose a SASE postcard which SLWG will mail back to
      confirm
      receipt (this is optional).
      St. Louis Writers Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to
      further literary arts by connecting,
      encouraging, and promoting writers and literary organizations.
      Best of luck with the contest!


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