THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS AWARD:
Arthur Edelstein passed away late in the summer of 2003. He spent most of his life teaching, and, particularly during his last two decades, encouraging fiction writers to perfect and value their craft. Those of us who knew him and studied under him, benefited not only from his knowledge, but from his patience and his humanity.
WE FELT IT MIGHT HELP SUBMITTERS IF WE ARTICULATED THE ELEMENTS WE CONSIDER DURING THE PROCESS OF JUDGING THE STORIES:
A successful story requires technical fluency (good writing), a well-rendered and engaging concept, and satisfying structure (beginning, middle, end) all of which work together to produce an artistic result greater than the sum of its parts.
Sponsored by writingsite.com.
Previously unpublished short stories, 6000 words maximum
All writers, published or unpublished, writing in English
One prize of $1000.00 will be awarded to the winner
Deserving stories will receive Honorable Mention
Deadline: October 31, 2009
The winner will be announced on-site on March 31, 2010
The winning story will appear on-site as our short story feature for May 2010
Manuscripts will be accepted only during the month of October 2009 by USPS
Entries remain the property of the author and may be submitted elsewhere
Manuscripts must be printed on white paper, one side only, double-spaced, 12 point font minimum, with pages numbered consecutively
Manuscripts must include Title Page with author name, mailing address, and e-mail address (if applicable). Author name should not appear on ms. pages
All manuscripts must have an October 2009 postmark
ATTN: Short Story Contest
P.O. Box 93
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
Include a 10.00 reading fee, check made out to The Arthur Edelstein Literary Fund, Inc.
Manuscripts will not be returned
Final judging will be done by an independent reader
In the event that an insufficient number of submissions is received to make the contest viable, entrants will be notified and entry fees will be returned