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We're still accepting submissions of previously unpublished stories of 1,300 words or fewer, so keep writing!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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Friday, April 26, 2013

You're Invited to our Second Semi-Final Reading!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

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The second semi-final reading of the season will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 7pm until 9pm at powerHouse Books in DUMBO (37 Main St., Brooklyn). Take the F train to the York stop, or the A, C to High Street, and we'll see you there. Click here to RSVP.

And if you still haven't submitted your own brilliant work of fiction, worry not. We're still accepting submissions of your previously unpublished stories of 1,300 words or fewer. So keep writing and submit your story by Tuesday, May 28. For submission rules and guidelines, click here.

Monday, April 15, 2013

You're Invited to the 2013 Literary Upstart Reading Series

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Dearest readers,

You are cordially invited to this year's Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction, our annual competitive reading series in which the city's finest unknown writers read their original works of fiction for the chance to win a giant novelty check worth $250 and publication in our Summer Fiction Issue. Click here to RSVP.

If you're a Literary Upstart veteran, feel free to skip ahead. But if you're new to this whole thing, here's what our search for pocket fiction is all about. Join us after the jump, won't you?

Every year, we ask you to submit your best short fiction (maximum of 1,300 words) to literaryupstart@thelmagazine.com. Fifteen semi-finalists will be asked to participate in one of three live readings where they’ll square off in front of an audience (that's you!) and a panel of judges. Speaking of whom, let's meet them, shall we? This year, we'll be joined by Ben Greenman, editor at the New Yorker (you may have heard of it); Cal "Calvert" Morgan, Harper Perrenial's editorial director; and Katherine Fausset, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, ltd. At the end of each reading, our judges will choose a winner; the three semi-final readers will advance to a final reading where they'll face each other for the first time and compete once and for all for cold hard cash and publication in our Summer Fiction issue.

This year, we will be holding our readings at powerHouse Books in DUMBO, located at 37 Main St. in Brooklyn. Take the F train to the York stop, or the A, C to High Street, and we'll see you there. As per usual, we'll have literary trivia, and beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

Our first semi-final reading will take place on Wednesday, April 17 from 7pm until 9pm. And be sure to join us at the following semi-final readings as well. Mark your calendars for the following dates:

Wednesday, May 1
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And of course, please join us the grand finale, featuring all of our semifinal winners, on Tuesday, June 4! Click here to RSVP for the first semi-final reading.

Still haven't submitted your own brilliant work of fiction? No worries. We're still accepting submissions of your previously unpublished stories of 1,300 words or fewer. So keep writing and submit your story by Tuesday, May 28. For submission rules and guidelines, click here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Literary Upstart 2012: Dates, Venue, Judges

Mark your calendars!

Posted on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM

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Ladies and gentlemen, we'd love to invite you to this year's Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction, our annual competitive reading series, in which the city's finest unknown writers are showcased/pitted against one another in a short-fiction Thunderdome, for the ultimate prize of an enormous novelty check and publication in our Summer Fiction Issue.

This year we're moving up in the world: our readings will be held at Williamsburg's new, quite schmancy Wythe Hotel. The seminals begin next month: mark your calendar for Thursday, May 10; Thursday, May 24; Thursday, May 7; and the grand finale, featuring the semifinal winners, on Wednesday, June 27.

After the jump, meet (or renew your acquaintance with) the local literati who'll be on hand to judge and pick winners at each reading.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Listen to Wednesday's Literary Upstart Reading While Looking at These Photos Of It

Posted on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM

This Wednesday, quite a lot of you joined us at Spike Hill for the first Literary Upstart reading of the year. (Brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School.) If you missed it, or want to relive the experience, well, for the first time ever, we have recordings of the event right here on the Upstart website. You can listen to all four stories, including the winning "White Pages," by Kevin Fisher, and host Jonny Diamond's intro; for even more Upstart, listen while clicking through this slideshow of photos from the event.

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The first installment of the Lit Upstart readings at Spike Hill. Shot by Ken Volk.

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See you back at Spike Hill for the next Upstart, on Wednesday, April 27.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

$1 Heineken Drafts at Literary Upstart Tomorrow Night

Posted on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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Literary Upstart, The L's short fiction competition and reading series (brought to you by Harper and the New School), finally kicks off this year's readings tomorrow night at Spike Hill, at 7pm.

There, four of the city's best unknown writers will read short, previously unpublished fiction, vying for the ultimate approval of our panel of judges: Distinguished Spokesjudge Ben Greenman, Electric Literature cofounder Andy Hunter, literary agent Katherine Fausset, the New School's Luis Jaramillo, HarperCollins and Fifty-Two Stories' Cal Morgan, and the L's Adam Bonislawski.

And for you—for everyone, really. For humanity—there'll be dollar beers. (As you know, because you clicked through the title of this post.) Dollar Heineken drafts, starting at 7pm and continuing through 8pm. So we'll expect to see you there, supporting new writing and cheap beer, without which there would be no new writing.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Literary Upstart Literary Update: First Reading Is Four Weeks Away

Posted on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

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Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction (brought to you by the New School) would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our first of three semifinals is coming up at the end of the month: as previously announced, the first reading is Wednesday, March 30, at Spike Hill in Williamsburg beginning at 7pm.

There, a handful of talented, unknown New York City writers will read their previously unpublished shorts, for the approval of our distinguished judges and the deliction of a warm-hearted and drunken audience of discerning NYC literati (so, you). We hope to see you there.

And, if you want to submit, the guidelines are here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Literary Upstart 2011 Dates Announced!

Posted on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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Literary Upstart, the L's annual search for pocket fiction, is pleased to announce the dates and venues for its four spring readings. (Is it weird to talk about a short fiction competition and reading series like it's a real person capable of feeling pleasure and making announcements?) Previously, we've made our initial announcement and invitation to submit—please do!—and introduced our judges, the distinguished panel of literary insiders who'll be gently and humorously holding forth on the work read at Upstart.

Now, we're ready to announce when and where those readings will be held, after the jump. Stay tuned for more announcements, especially ones pertaining to which types of alcohol will be sold supercheaply at the following places and times:

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Literary Upstart 2011: Meet Your Judges

Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

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Literary Upstart, our annual short-story competition and reading series, is now accepting submissions—it's a snow day, what are you waiting for, here are the guidelines—and, as we gear up for the first reading, in March, we're proud to announce the judges for this year's competition.

Our Distinguished and Frequently Sober Panel of Literary Insiders will, as they do every year, assess the literary quality (and performance) of each of the stories, and pronounce their judgments at the readings, in sessions equal parts Maoist self-criticism and American Idol (but friendlier than either). We value them for their wit and wisdom, and so should you. There are five returning judges, and one new addition to the panel, which is:

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Friday, January 21, 2011

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

Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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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:

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