Monday, July 23, 2007

Haruah's Fiction Contest

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Haruah's second-annual contest is cranking up!This year we are limiting the contest to stories: anything from a 300-word flash to 5000-word short stories. The trigger this year will be a photo by Jan Cornelis Loenen titled "Meeting at Sunrise."

Use this photo as inspiration to let your imagination run wild. Be original, be interesting, just don't be boring or cliché. Dig out a story that not only gives us an engaging plot and attention-grabbing characters, but also subtly shows a truth through dealing with life's hardships and challenges.

Remember, we are a mainstream/literary magazine, not a speculative fiction magazine. You have from now until midnight, 8/31/07 to write and submit your story. They will be evaluated and the results posted shortly before 10/1/07. The winners will be highlighted in our October issue. The following will be awarded:

First place: - $45.00 and a contributor's print copy—The photo will accompany your story

Second place: - $35.00 and a contributor's print copy

Third place: - $25.00 and a contributor's print copy

2 Honorable mentions: - $10.00 and a contributor's print copy

To submit, access our Author/Artist tool and scroll until you see the announcement for the Haruah contest on the main page. Click the "Enter Haruah 2007 Fiction Contest" button and follow the instructions from there. Note: don't include your name or personal information in the submission as this will be an anonymously judged contest. Submissions should conform to our Submission Guidelines.

There is no entry fee for the contest. Your stories will be judged on the following:

How well the story relates to the photo trigger

How complete and believable the plot is

How well the characterizations were done

The quality of the writing prose

The overall impact of the story both to move and enlighten We look forward to reading the various interpretations of this photo.

Thanks for your participation.


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