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  • AllisonJ
    Esquire and Aspen Writers Foundation Present THE SHORT SHORT FICTION CONTEST http://www.esquire.com/fiction/short-short-fiction-contest-2011 Win a trip to New
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2011
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      Esquire and Aspen Writers' Foundation Present THE SHORT SHORT FICTION CONTEST
      http://www.esquire.com/fiction/short-short-fiction-contest-2011

      Win a trip to New York to study with Colum McCann, and a scholarship to the Aspen Summer Words Fiction Workshop. If you can beat Colum McCann (in 78 words).

      http://www.esquire.com/promotions/contestandsweeps/fiction-contest

      Can you top Hemingway? Colum McCann (below) sets the short bar high.


      An Introduction (in 78 words)

      The greatest short short of all time is, of course, Hemingway's: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

      There is a whole life and death written there. The art of the short short is to compress yet not lose narrative power.

      It is closer to poetry than it is to fiction. Everything matters. Just a simple paragraph break can have enormous narrative consequences. This is not a Twitter game. This is the search for a white star of language.

      The Rules (in 78 words)

      Entries must be 78 words, in honor of Esquire's 78th birthday. We're calling these short shorts Aspens.

      Ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop, taught by Colum McCann, and literary party. Grand Prize winner receives a full scholarship for the advanced fiction workshop at Aspen Summer Words (June 17 to 22, 2012). All entries due by October 7, 2011. Must be submitted electronically at esquiresubmissions.com. What are we looking for, exactly? Beat this...

      "Soldier's Field" By Colum McCann

      Sweeney was a dreamer. Sweeney was from Galway. Sweeney went to Chicago. Sweeney wanted a green card. Sweeney met a woman who made his vowels curl. Sweeney had a baby. Sweeney bought a swing set. Sweeney joined the army. Sweeney flew helicopters. Sweeney rose. Sweeney could execute beautiful landings. Sweeney went on a second tour.

      Sweeney was brought home. Sweeney asked everyone he met to kindly remove the sheet that had somehow been pulled up over his head.

      **

      No purchase necessary to enter or win. Short Short Fiction Contest. Sponsored by Hearst Communications, Inc., and presented by Aspen Writers' Foundation, a program of the Aspen Institute. Beginning September 1, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. (ET) through October 7, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. (ET), submit entries at esquiresubmissions.com. Winners will receive a travel stipend up to $500. Must be age of majority and a legal resident of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, or Canada. Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to complete official rules available at esquire.com/fiction-contest.

      Read more:
      http://www.esquire.com/promotions/contestandsweeps/fiction-contest
    • AllisonJ
      Greetings! The Aspen Writers Foundation is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Esquire magazine and present a short, short fiction contest. We hope
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 12, 2011
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        Greetings! The Aspen Writers' Foundation is pleased to announce a new
        collaboration with Esquire magazine and present a short, short fiction
        contest. We hope you will share this great news with your community.

        THE CONTEST
        In honor of Esquire's seventy-eighth birthday, entries must be exactly
        78 words. We're calling these short shorts "Aspens."

        The greatest short short of all time is of course Hemingway's: "For
        sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." The art of the short short is to
        compress yet not lose narrative power. It is closer to poetry than it
        is to fiction. Everything matters. Just a simple paragraph break can
        have enormous narrative consequences. This is not a Twitter game. This
        is the search for a white star of language.

        What are we looking for exactly? Beat this...

        "Soldier's Field"

        By Colum McCann

        Sweeney was a dreamer. Sweeney was from Galway. Sweeney went to
        Chicago. Sweeney wanted a green card. Sweeney met a woman who made
        his vowels curl. Sweeney had a baby. Sweeney bought a swing set.
        Sweeney joined the army. Sweeney flew helicopters. Sweeney rose.
        Sweeney could execute beautiful landings. Sweeney went on a second
        tour.

        Sweeney was brought home. Sweeney asked everyone he met to kindly
        remove the sheet that had somehow been pulled up over his head.

        All entries due by Oct 7, 2011. Must be submitted electronically at
        www.esquiresubmissions.com.

        For more information please visit:
        http://aspenwriters.businesscatalyst.com/esquire-magazine-contest.htm

        The top ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop
        taught by Colum McCann, followed by an exclusive evening literary
        salon. The grand prize winner will receive a full-paid scholarship for
        the advanced fiction workshop during Aspen Summer Words (June 17-22,
        2012). The 36th annual Aspen Summer Words held in Aspen, Colorado has
        been hailed as one of the nation's "Top Ten Literary Gatherings" (USA
        Today) and is a five-day celebration of words and ideas, comprised of
        two complementary elements: a writing retreat and a literary festival.
        The writing retreat offers unbeatable opportunities for aspiring
        writing to work with today's most esteemed authors and educators, and
        a variety of scholarships are available. The literary festival
        includes conversations, panel discussions, film screenings, live
        music, parties, and much more. To learn more visit:
        www.aspenwriters.org

        Contest of skill: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Short, Short
        Fiction Contest. Sponsored by Hearst Communications, Inc and the Aspen
        Writers' Foundation, a program of the Aspen Institute. Beginning
        September 1, 2011, at 12:01 AM (ET) through October 7, 2011, at 11:59
        P.M. (ET) submit entries at esquiresubmissions.com. Must be 18 or
        older and a legal resident of the 50 United States, District of
        Columbia, or Canada. Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec, and
        where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to complete official rules
        available at esquire.com/fiction-contest
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