Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You're Invited to the Final Literary Upstart of the Season!

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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Dear readers,

You are cordially invited to the fourth and final reading of Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction. Join us, our semi-final readers and one wild card winner as they compete for an enormous novelty check worth $250 and publication in our Summer Fiction Issue.

The fourth and final reading will take place at Spike Hill in Williamsburg (186 Bedford Ave.). Join us on Tuesday, June 4 from 7pm until 9pm. Click here to RSVP. Take the L train to the Bedford Ave. stop, and we'll see you there.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

RSVP to the Third Literary Upstart Reading!

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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You are cordially invited to the third semi-final reading of Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction, The L Magazine's annual competitive reading series in which the city's finest unknown writers read and compete for an enormous novelty check worth $250 and publication in our Summer Fiction Issue.

We've changed locations! Our third semi-final reading will take place at Spike Hill in Williamsburg (186 Bedford Ave.). Join us on Tuesday, May 21 from 7pm until 9pm. Click here to RSVP. We'll be at powerHouse Books in DUMBO (37 Main St., Brooklyn). Take the L train to the Bedford stop, and we'll see you there.

We're still accepting submissions of previously unpublished stories of 1,300 words or fewer, so keep writing! Please submit your story by Tuesday, May 28. For submission rules and guidelines, click here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Photos: At the First Literary Upstart Semi-Final Reading

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

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With the arrival of spring also comes Literary Upstart, our annual short fiction competition in which the borough's best unknown writers go toe-to-toe to compete for cash, a 10-week course from Gotham Writers Workshop and a giant novelty check worth $250. Our first semi-final reading happened back in the last week of April at the gorgeously cavernous powerHouse Books in DUMBO (go there immediately and buy some books). Words were read, beers were shared, and trivia contestants were stumped at the merciless hand of quiz master and host Maris Kreizman (of Slaughterhouse 90210 fame). Thanks to our readers Chandra Steele, Lindsay Hood, Eric Nelson, and our winner, Sarah Crosby. You'll see her again at our grand finale reading on Thursday, June 4. Missed the first semi-final reading? You'll find photos of the night's happenings after the jump. And, a big thank you to our sponsors at Gotham Writers Workshop, Brooklyn Brewery, Harper Perennial, Shillington School, and the powerHouse Arena.

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