I find writing short fiction quite hard, but it might be a good exercise for me to try. Today I’m testing out silence, after having two social engagements in two days…when you spend lots of time alone, you forget just how much you enjoy spending time with friends. Then when it’s over, and your mind is reeling with all kinds of impressions and ideas, you remember why you spend so much time alone! I’m so glad I’ve got a community of writers that’s always within reach, in the virtual world and here in NYC. Veronica is a new friend of mine, and she’s started this great contest–if you’ve been thinking about a story or have something that’s already on your hard drive, submit! Guidelines below:
1st Annual MyAfricanDiaspora.com SHORT STORY COMPETITION
In our ongoing effort to promote positive images that reflect people of African descent, the website that connects that African Diaspora is pleased to announce our first annual Short Story contest.
We’re looking for fiction that is unique, stories with characters we’ll remember, plots that leave us thinking. The contest is open to anyone, any race, any country, any continent. The only caveat? The main character must be of African descent.
1.The contest runs from
2.Entries must be 1500 words or less
3.The entry fee is $10 (via paypal or money order payable to DreamDeep LLC. Address:
4.Main character must be of African descent
5.Story must be previously unpublished
6.Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “Short Story Contest: (input name of your short story)” in the subject line. Ex. Short Story Contest: My Story. Copy & Paste into the body of the email. No attachments.
7.Be sure to include your contact information and word count with submissions
8.There will be one overall winner and one winner from each of the following genres: Literary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance (we prefer stories without gratuitous sex or violence)
First Place: $500 Genre Winners: $25 Borders Gift Card
Each winner will have their story and a feature article published on myafricandiaspora.com
The winners and top three entries in each genre will have their short stories published in a short story collection at the end of the year
Please spread the word to other writers