Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Genre Wars

Literary Lab is hosting it's first fiction contest! If you haven't heard about it yet, I've got the info posted below...but this seems like a great opportunity to get some of your short stories out there! I especially love how they're playing with genres--it is so much fun to see different genres compare.

From Literary Lab:

We invite fiction writers to submit your 1 to 2,000-word short stories to us. The contest deadline is December 1, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. PST, and we plan to announce the winners on January 7, 2010, which marks the Literary Lab's 1st anniversary.

With Genre Wars, we want to celebrate all genres of writing. So, whether you write science-fiction/fantasy, horror/crime, literary, romance, children's literature/middle grade/young adult, or experimental, send in your work!

Write something new. Send something old. Polish something up. If you've never written a short story before, now's your chance to try it out!

20-30 special selections will be chosen for inclusion in the 1st Genre Wars Anthology. All of the profits from this print-on-demand publication will be donated to a writing/reading non-profit organization that will be announced in the future.

6 genre class winners will be selected, one from each of the genres listed above (assuming we have entries in all genres). Each of these stories will be posted on our blog, followed by an author interview. Each winner will also receive a $10 gift card to a book store of their choice.

1 overall winner will be selected from the genre class winners. In addition to the prizes listed above, this writer will receive an additional $50 gift card to the book store of their choice.

Contest Guidelines
1. E-mail your 1 to 2,000-word short story to LiteraryLab@gmail.com before December 1, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Paste the work in the body of the e-mail with breaks between paragraphs (hit return twice). We will be reading all submissions blind, thanks to a kind volunteer who will send us the entries with all names removed. No attachments will be opened.

2. In your e-mail subject line type GENRE WARS ENTRY. In the body of the email include your name, the title of your work, word count, and which genre category you'd like to compete in: 1. science fiction/fantasy, 2. horror/crime, 3. literary, 4. romance, 5. children's literature/middle grade/young adult, or 6. experimental--yes, you have to pick one.

3. Works must be previously unpublished, and we ask for the rights to post the winning stories online and/or in print in the anthology. Afterwards, you are free to include the story in your own collections or as a reprint in another anthology.

The judges for this contest will be the Literary Lab co-authors: Michelle Davidson Argyle, Scott G. F. Bailey, and Davin Malasarn. (We'll temporarily post our own writing samples in the comments section.)

Please Spread The Word!
We've created a button for you to put on your blog posts, sidebars, and websites. Please help us spread the word. The more entries we get, the more exciting it will be for everybody! Remember, all proceeds of the Anthology go to charity.


Danyelle L. said...

Gah! I wish I could write short stories. >.<

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Heather Zundel said...

Oooooh!!!!!!!! TOTALLY there! Are you in Beth?

Unknown said...

I'd love to, but I am crap--CRAP at short stories.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Oh try it out anyway, Beth. COME ON!

Unknown said...


I might...but I really am terrible at short stories! They always turn into novels!!!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Then just send us the first chapter and don't tell us it's the first chapter. Haha! Although you'd need a beginning, middle, and end. Maybe a summary of the novel? Beth, you're a great writer! You can do it. :)

Unknown said...

Oh, Glam! You are very persuasive!!! :)