Thursday, September 24, 2015

Short Fiction Competition: Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction

New Delta Review is now accepting submissions for our third annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. For this contest, we seek 1500 words or less that stun. We look for a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole.

1. You and the boy will cook the catch each evening; she took off for good and with her went all the recipes. He’s yours now. You can do this. Start simple. Broil a couple of pieces of fresh perch. Show him how to make tartar sauce by combining mayonnaise and relish. Heap it onto the fish all the way to the edges. Pair it with your favorite bitter ale. Remember to give him milk with his meal and make him finish it. Compliment him on the fish he caught, but for God’s sake, don’t overdo it.
—from the 2014 Award Winner selected by Roxanne Gay: Jennifer Genest’s “Ways To Prepare White Perch.”

Judge: Ander Monson

Prize: $400 and publication in the Winter Issue of NDR. All entries will be considered for publication and eligible for our annual Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250.

Deadline: October 1, 2015; Winners announced by mid-November

Entry Fee: $10

About our contest: Ryan R. Gibbs (1981-2012) was a gifted editor for New Delta Review, an incredible writer of fiction and screenplays, a talented photographer, and, above all, a dear friend. New Delta Review is honored to host this annual award in his honor, made possible by a generous endowment from his parents.

Additional Submission Guidelines:

*All entries must be previously unpublished.
*One submission per entrant, although you may submit more than one entry if you pay a new entry fee.
*All work must be submitted through Submittable.
*Submissions will first be read by the staff of New Delta Review, and finalists will be passed on for judging.
*Family, friends, and students of the judge are ineligible for participation in the contest and will be disqualified. In addition, students currently enrolled at Louisiana State University are ineligible for participation in this contest.

About the Judge: Ander Monson is the author of books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, most recently Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf, 2015). A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism and the New York Public Library Young Lions award in fiction, he runs several literary projects, including the magazine DIAGRAM, the New Michigan Press, and Essay Daily.

Laura Theobald
Chief Editor, NDR

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