We haven’t done a Friday Market Alert in a very long time. Let’s do one now, shall we?
As the end of the month approaches, so do deadlines. But you’ve got all weekend to put a submission together for either of the following assignments:
Contest: The Seán Ó Faoláin Prize
Deadline: July 31
Your short story could win you a cash prize, publication in Southword, and a week-long residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.
Dedicated to and named after one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, the annual Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition welcomes original and unpublished/unbroadcast entries from around the world. You story can be in any style and any subject. It just has to be in English and of a maximum length of 3,000 words.
There is a fee to enter this contest: US $20, 15 Euros, or 15 pounds.
You can get the rest of the details at the contest announcement page.
Themed Call for Submissions: The First Line
Deadline: August 1
The First Line is a quarterly literary magazine. Each issue’s stories have one thing in common: They all start with the exact same first line. This prompt not only acts, as most writing prompts do, to jump-start writers’ imaginations–it also provides an interesting experiment on the many different places a story can go after the same starting place.
For the August 1 due date, your first line is this: “A light snow was falling as Charlie Reardon left the diner and made his way down Madison Street.”
If you think you can take that line–exactly that line, without the merest modification–and run with it for a distance of between 300 and 3,000 words in any genre, do so and submit the results to “submission” at “thefirstline” dot com as an attachment in MS Word or Word Perfect format. Include a brief bio with your submission.
The First Line also accepts critical essays, 500-800 words long, “about your favorite first line from a literary work.” What’s your favorite?
This is not a contest; this is a call for submissions. There is no submission fee or reading fee. (Or, this is a “contest” in the sense that, as author James D. Macdonald puts it, “Every publisher on the planet has a contest every day. The contest is called ‘submission’ and the entry fee is ‘postage.'” Since you’re submitting electronically, the entry fee is very low indeed.) The First Line requests that, should you not end up submitting your story to them or should you wish to submit it elsewhere after they have turned it down…
[W]e ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer.