Announcing The L Magazine’s Fifth Annual Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction

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01/23/2009 1:04 PM |

The L Magazine’s Literary Upstart, an annual competitive reading series, pits the creative underclass against itself in a short fiction Thunderdome, and we want your stories.

Lit Up is, for us, a way of celebrating our love for quality up-and-coming writers by delivering them to an audience, and getting boozed-up and rowdy at the readings. Like a real literary community!

Our American Idol-style live readings, wherein selected submitters read in front of a panel of judges (led as always by the New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman), competing for their affections, cash, and a place in the L’s annual Summer Fiction Issue, will be held beginning in April, and we’re ready to accept stories. Click on through for a more official announcement, and our official-seeming Call for Submissions.

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

Following the enormous success of our first four competitions, The L Magazine is proud to announce the fifth annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction.

Writers are encouraged to submit their best previously unpublished short fiction (maximum of 1,500 words) to Semi-finalists will be invited to participate in one of three live readings at a dark and writerly NYC tavern, where they’ll square off in front of a live audience and a panel of judges that’s composed entirely of members of the local literati, including our Distinguished Spokesjudge, the New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman.

Three semi-finalists will advance to our final reading in June, where they’ll have the opportunity to win a cash prize, gift certificates from various sponsors, and, of course, the admiration of his/her peers. The three semi-finalists will also be published in The L Magazine’s annual Summer Fiction Issue.

Submission deadlines are on a rolling basis for the three semifinal readings, which are scheduled for April, May and June.

Submission guidelines:

Entries (please limit yourself to two submissions) should be polished little labors of love of no more than 1,500 previously un-published words. Content, style, subject, et cetera is at the discretion of the writer.

Kindly email submissions as an attached Word document in a standard, 12-point font to:

You can also send a hard copy of your story (please include your email address) via post to:

Fiction Editor
The L Magazine
20 Jay Street, Ste. 207
Brooklyn, NY 11201

While curlicues and bubble fonts make us blush, they also make our poor eyes bleed, so please keep it simple and please double space. Please include your name, the title of your story, and your email address, at least on the first page your story and perhaps even on subsequent pages.

Last, but not least, please remember that the live readings are a major component of this competition, so if you’re not living in the NYC area or cannot arrange to be here for a reading or two between April and July, you may wish to reconsider submitting your work.

Happy Writing,

The L Magazine

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