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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2008 Per Contra Prize

One thing we haven’t done before on the CWC is pass along information about writing contests. I thought I’d do that this Wednesday because the contest I just heard about is so exciting! And also, because I don’t have a story ready myself I doubt I’ll be able to enter. That means I won’t mind YOU entering and winning it. Be sure to tell ‘em I sent you! (If you win that is! If you don’t win, tell ‘em that the American Writers’ Collective sent you. Okay? Thanks.)

Check out Per Contra, one of the best on-line literary journals. Per Contra has featured winners of The MacArthur Award, the Caine Prize, the Orange Prize, the Walt Whitman Award, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Pushcart Prize and more.

They are now accepting submissions for the 2008 Per Contra Prize. Grand Prize is $1,000 and publication at their regular professional rates. The top ten stories submitted will be published at their regular professional rates during the 2008 editorial calendar. Deadline for Entry is January 31, 2008.

The grand prize winner will be published in their Spring 2008 issue alongside quite a stellar line-up. Here’s what they say about it: Our March 2008 issue features former poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (the position now known as the U.S. Poet Laureate) Daniel Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize Winning former poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (the position now known as the U.S. Poet Laureate) Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet John Updike, poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (the position now known as the U.S. Poet Laureate) William Jay Smith and O. Henry Prize winner Stephen Dixon, as well as great emerging writers from around the world.

Good company! How often do you get a chance to brush up against John Updike and Maxine Kumin? (Other than in the hot tub at Alice Munro's house when she throws her annual CWC party?) Good luck!

4 Comments:

Blogger jsnider said...

It was a good idea to post the contest details, but they are not accepting any unsolicited submissions in the poetry or fiction categories so it's kind of a let down.

Thu Jan 17, 09:03:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

I think they mean 'regular submissions of poetry and fiction'- just submissions for the contest! It's very awkwardly worded, actually, thanks for pointing that out. I'll see if I can get the scoop.

Thu Jan 17, 04:49:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger T said...

I was confused by that also, but decided, like Andrew, they meant 'regular submissions.'

Fri Jan 18, 03:05:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

The good folks at Per Contra have changed their wording. Check it Out!

Wed Jan 23, 10:11:00 am GMT-5  

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