Announcing 2011’s Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction

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01/21/2011 1:45 PM |

Oh, Upstart logo, how Ive missed posting and reposting you.
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It is with glowing pride and an undertaste of panic that we at The L Magazine now announce our seventh annual (oh christ, really?) Literary Upstart short fiction competition and reading series. We’d love for you to come to the readings this spring, and submit your previously unpublished short fiction starting today?

If you’re already familiar with Lit Up, skip past the jump for this year’s info and Call for Submissions. If not, briefly: Literary Upstart pits the city’s creative underclass against itself in a boozy short fiction Thunderdome, in which writers (that’s you) submit previously unpublished short fiction for a chance to read at one of three spring semifinals, where a panel of judges headed by Ben Greenman offer good-natured American Idol-style critiques and select the finalists who’ll vie for ca$h money and publication in our summer fiction. Plus there’s lots of cheap booze, and more fun stuff.

Dates, venues, judges, drink specials and more are all still to be announced, but you can start submitting, now. Here:

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

The L Magazine is proud to announce our seventh annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition.

Writers are encouraged to submit their previously unpublished short fiction (a maximum of 1,500 words).

Semi-finalists, fifteen in total, will be invited to participate in one of three readings in Williamsburg, in front of a live, lively audience, and a panel of judges comprised of members of the local literati—including our Distinguished Spokesjudge, the New Yorker’s Ben Greenman.

The three semi-final winners will advance to our final reading, where they’ll vie for a cash prize, and publication 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 late March, April and May.

Submission guidelines:

Entries (please limit yourself to two submissions) should be polished little labors of love of no more than 1,500 previously unpublished words.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:

literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com

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
literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com

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