Literary Upstart 2009: When, Where, Who (other than You)

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02/23/2009 3:00 PM |

The boozy, writerly semifinals of The L Magazine’s fifth annual Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction competition will be held at 7pm on Thursday, April 16; Monday, May 18; and Monday, June 22. The finals will be held on Thursday, July 9. You should come! (And submit your stories!)

The readings will be held at the Slipper Room, on Orchard Street. Come for the cheap beer and free literature; stay for the burlesque.

To our panel of judges — the ones who’ll be passing just-funny-enough-not-to-be-cruel judgment on the featured readers — we welcome back our Distinguished Spokesjudge, Ben Greenman; the L’s own Adam Bonislawski; and high-powered Curtis Brown Literary Agent Katherine Fausset. They’ll be joined by Aaron Petrovich, the brains behind local alternative publisher Hotel St. George Press.

All that, plus the return of our arguably beloved New York City Literary Trivia competition; stately “improvised” banter from dapper host Jonny Diamond; various L Mag staffers drinking silently in the corner, and then eventually getting drunk and heckling said host; and genuinely terrific short fiction. You should come. (And submit your stories.)