Prose Writing Contest: Gulf Coast Journal

Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as online exclusives.

Steve Almond will judge this year’s contest. Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Entries are due August 31, 2015. The $17 entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The folks at Gulf Coast will accept submissions via an online submissions manager and via postal mail.

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March 31: Crafting Fiction

The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship

This presentation offers the rudiments of craftsmanship unique to fiction – basic reference materials, formatting, copy editing, and wording and structure, with a primer on the construction of dialogue.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm. Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room B

Presenter: Tom Glenn, author of Friendly Casualties and No-Account

September Chapter Meeting with Wayne Karlin

September’s meeting looks to be a great one — we’ll be hosting acclaimed novelist and literature teacher, Wayne Karlin, who will be taking us through a workshop about point of view. 

If you’ve ever struggled figuring out who should be telling a story — should it be first person? Third? Close third? Omniscient third? Can you have an omniscient first person narrator? Why doesn’t anyone use second person? Why don’t YOU use second person? — then this is the meeting for you! 

Bring a piece of fiction that you’re working on and be ready to do some work!

PS. It’s kind of a secret, but there might be a door prize or two.