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Will Colum McCann read your short story?

Enter your short story in our "Two Roads Diverge" contest for the chance to win $1,000 and feedback from Colum McCann.

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two roads diverge writing contestOur new short story writing contest is off and running, with Colum McCann standing by as guest judge to read the finalists and choose a winner.

Create a 2,000-word short story featuring an element of duality that responds to one or both of the following McCann quotes: “There is always room for at least two truths” and “With all respects to heaven, I like it here.”

Enter your story in our “Two Roads Diverge” writing contest by December 6 for the chance to win $1,000, publication in The Writer, plus feedback on your work from McCann.

For a full list of guidelines and examples of other short stories that balance multiple plot lines, points of view and more, click here.

The top three entries ranked by McCann will win:

1st place: $1,000 and publication in the The Writer
2nd place: $500 and publication on The Writer‘s website
3rd place: $250 and publication on The Writer‘s website

About the judge


The Dublin-born novelist and short story writer Colum McCann has won the Pushcart Prize, the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His novels include SongdogsThis Side of BrightnessDancerZoliLet the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic. His newest book Thirteen Ways of Looking is a collection of short stories. McCann is also a keynote speaker at the Boston Book Festival on Oct. 24.

Check out our contest page to review the rules and submit your entry.

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