Last year was a good year for Memphian Courtney Miller Santo. In September, William Morrow published Santo's novel The Roots of the Olive Tree. But for readers of Memphis magazine (sister publication of the Memphis Flyer), Santo was already a recognized name, because her short story "Wind Gap" ran in the magazine's June issue. The reason for running it? Santo was the 2012 winner of Memphis magazine's annual fiction contest. In 2013, though, one thing about that contest is new: the deadline for entries.
"This year, we changed the time frame," says Memphis magazine senior editor Marilyn Sadler, who is contest coordinator and one of the judges. "That prompted some people to think we were no longer sponsoring it. But I want to remind fiction writers that we have held this contest since 1989, and it is still very much alive and well. The only difference is the deadline, which has been extended to February 15th."
Which means writers still have time to enter. But it also means: Writers, be quick about it. The winning author will receive a $1,000 grand prize, with two honorable-mention awards of $500 each if the quality of entries warrants. Contest guidelines are simple:
Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis, but stories (3,000-4,500 words long) need not have a Memphis or Southern theme. You may submit more than one story, but each entry must come with a $10 fee, with check or money order payable to Memphis magazine. Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with unstapled, numbered pages and accompanied by a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and the title of your story. Do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts may be previously published so long as the publication was not in a national magazine with over 20,000 circulation or in a publication within Shelby County. Send manuscripts to Fiction Contest, c/o Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101.
And who knows? Your story could be in the June 2013 issue of Memphis magazine. You could be $1,000 richer.
For additional information on the "Memphis" magazine 2013 fiction contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.