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Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest (early deadline)


Thursday, June 30, 2016


Entry Fees

Early Bird: $8 per Early Bird (end December 31 11:59 P.M. US Central time);
$12 per Regular Entry.


Best Short Story ($1000)
Best Poem ($1000)
Best Essay ($1000)

Jury members will also, depending on the quality of submitted papers, decide on the award of special prizes for the three authors in the amount of $ 500.

Ten finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine. All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.


The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.) There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively. Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).

We want to achieve an intercultural mélange, which is first and foremost literary, we aim to pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and the formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes for authors who write in English? What remained of post-modernism, textual acrobatics and semantic gymnastics (John Barth, Robert Coover, Ronald Sukenick etc.)? “Return to tradition”? How does the “Beat” generation echo in the work of contemporary writers? Where do we write from? What do we write about when we write about love?

Jury members: Sibelan Forester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox

Contact Information

Information about contest: [email protected]
Board and editorial staff: [email protected]
Voki Erceg, Editor-in-Chief: [email protected]



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