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Saints & Sinners Festival LGBT Fiction Contest


Tuesday, October 3, 2017


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Entry Fees

$20 per story


One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded.
In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books.
There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in March of 2018.
A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter.


The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation. Radclyffe (pictured) will select the winning stories.

Contact Information

The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.
Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font). Please include a word count on first page under the title.
Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.
No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
Word Count: 3,000 to 7,000
Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners



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