Summer Literary Seminars www.sumlitsem.org is announcing its annual 2009 unified (SLS-Italy, Lithuania, Kenya) literary contest, held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine: www.fenceportal.org.
Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in Fence, as well as the participating literary journals in Canada, Russia, Kenya, Italy, and Lithuania. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-09 programs – in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy (May 15-30); Vilnius-Nida, Lithuania (July 20-August 4); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).
Contest Deadline: February 28, 2009.
Poetry Judge: Ann Lauterbach
Fiction Judge: Lynne Tillman.
Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount.
A number of select contest participants, based on the overall strength of their work, will be offered tuition scholarships, as well, applicable to the SLS-09 programs.
Reading fee: $15 US.
The complete guidelines for the 2009 contests are as follows:
-One short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
-No more than three poems per entry.
-Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.
Entries can be submitted electronically, to: SLS Fiction Poetry Contest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.
Fees can paid paid online, via Paypal. Go to: http://sumlitsem.org/kenya/
Online submissions and payments are much preferred, but if you would rather submit the hard copy, the address is:
Summer Literary Seminars
PO Box 16
Brooklyn, NY 11222
-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 spring by email.
-Cover letters are not required.
-Previous First-Place winners may not re-enter.
These are the complete contest guidelines.