Thursday, June 4, 2020
The author of the winning story in each contest will receive a USD $500 cash prize and a complimentary copy of the forthcoming 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology; runners-up will receive a USD $50 cash prize; and both the winner and runners-up will be published in the forthcoming 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology. Honorable-mention authors will have their name included on a special page in the anthology.
The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition invites writers to stitch together their own stories based on the opening and closing lines of well-known works of literature. For the 2020 Competition, writers may choose to craft stories from two classic works: the opening and closing lines from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Beloved by Toni Morrison.
NO GENRE REQUIREMENTS. Everything’s fair game: satire, tragedy, science fiction, humor, fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, hyper realism, magical realism, plain old realism, speculative fiction, flash fiction, meta-fiction, meta-meta-fiction, hamster tales, poetry, et cetera. If you’re able to take this year’s opening and closing lines and weave them into a Spenserian sonnet with 3 quatrains and a couplet, go for it!
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