Contest: SLS Russia & Kenya (Deadline Feb. 28)

2008 Summer Literary Seminars Kenya and Russia Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

The contest is held in affiliation with The Walrus, The St. Petersburg Review and Maisonneuve magazines.

This year we're trying something entirely new, by merging together our SLS-Russia and SLS-Kenya contests.

The entrance fee for this one, unified contest (held in three genres: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) remains the same ($15), but the contest winners in each category will receive publication in one of several North American magazines (Maisonneuve, The Walrus, St. Petersburg Review) AND the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) EITHER our Russia or Kenya programs.

Since the Kenya contest is already underway, those that have already applied to the Kenya contest will be automatically entered into this unified SLS contest; the new contest deadline will be February 28, 2008. Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for either the Russia or Kenya programs, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount on either the Russia or Kenya programs.Other hand-picked finalists will be offered tuition scholarships as well which can be applied to either the Russia or Kenya programs.


Poetry Judge: Robert Hass
Fiction Judge: Fiona McCrae (Editor-in-Chief of Graywolf Press)
Nonfiction Judge: Josip Novakovich

The complete guidelines for the 2008 contests are as follows:

-One essay, story or novel/memoir excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
-No more than three poems per entry.
-Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.
-Include a $15 reading fee for each entry. This fee should be in US Dollars. Multiple entries are permissible as long as separate reading fees are included. Checks should be made out to Summer Literary Seminars, Inc.
-Include your complete contact information (address, telephone, email address) on the manuscript. Entries are not judged blind.
-All entrants will be notified of the winners in the fall by email.
-Do NOT include a SASE. Cover letters are not required.
-Previous First Place winners may not re-enter.

Entries from Canada may be sent to:

Summer Literary Seminars
KENYA & RUSSIA Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry Contest (Please indicate genre)
English Department
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada

Entries from the US and other countries may be sent to:

Summer Literary Seminars
KENYA & RUSSIA Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry Contest (please indicate genre)
PO Box 16
Brooklyn, NY 11222


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