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SLS 2014 Unified Literary Contest

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Deadline

Friday, March 7, 2014

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Entry Fees

$18 entry fee (includes one-year subscription to Fence magazine.)

Prizes

Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in print in Fence Magazine. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the 2014 SLS two-week programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (July 13 - 26, 2014); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December 2014). (Note that prizes and fellowships cannot be applied to the 4-day SLS MTL workshop in March.)

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and publication in an online magazine. Third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount and publication in an online magazine.

The contest winner in the category of nonfiction will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the 2014 SLS programs.

Winner of the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry will have their entry published on Charles Bernstein’s commentary page at Jacket2, a widely read site for new poetics. In addition, the winner will receive free tuition and $500 towards travel funds to attend the 2014 SLS Lithuania program. Full details here.

Winner of the Sutzkever Prize will receive full tuition for the 2014 SLS Lithuania Program, as well as a $500 travel stipend.

The winner of The Center for Fiction Prize for excellence in short story writing will receive full tuition for any 2014 SLS Program, as well as publication in The Center for Fiction's online journal.

The winner of the Graywolf Prize for the best novel excerpt of an emerging writer (you must have published no more than two novels) will receive full tuition for any 2014 SLS Program, as well as publication on the Graywolf website. (All qualifying entries automatically considered, please note that you have published two or less novels in your email.)

The winner of the Los Angeles Review of Books Prize in Outstanding Criticism will receive full tuition for any 2014 SLS Program as well as publication in the LA Review of Books. (All qualifying entries automatically considered.)

The winners (one fiction, one poetry) of the SLS-St. Petersburg Review Editor's Choice Award will receive publication in the journal as well as free tuition to an upcoming program. (All qualifying entries automatically considered.)

A number of select contest participants, based on the overall strength of their work, will be offered tuition scholarships, as well, applicable to the SLS-2014 programs.

Description

Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce our 2014 Literary Contest! It will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine. We are also thrilled to continue our three contest partnerships, with prizes sponsored by the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review and the esteemed Graywolf Press.

Judging the contest are award-winning writers Aimee Bender (fiction), Dorothea Lasky (poetry), and Phillip Lopate (nonfiction). The Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry will be judged by Eugene Ostashevsky, the Sutzkever Prize will be judged by André Aciman, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Prize in Outstanding Criticism will be judged by Josip Novakovich and Mikhail Iossel.

Contact Information

sls.contest@gmail.com

Website

http://www.sumlitsem.org/contest.html

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