The L Magazine is pleased to announce the details of its annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition. Now in its ninth year, Upstart invites and receives hundreds (usually 300-500 per year) previously unpublished short stories from New York writers, and has been proud to showcase some of the city's best unknown writers.
Writers are encouraged to submit their best previously unpublished short fiction (maximum of 1,300 words) to email@example.com. Semi-finalists will be asked 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, composed of members of the local literati.
Following the readings, and our infamous New York City Literary Trivia competition ("Where overpriced education meets underpriced alcohol"), the judges will hold forth, American Idol-style, on the readers and their stories, and declare a winner.
The winners of the three semi-final readings will advance to our final reading, where they'll have the opportunity to win $500 and publication in The L Magazine's annual Summer Fiction Issue, which has previously featured stories by Jonathan Ames, Darin Strauss, Ned Vizzini, Ed Park, Benjamin Percy, Kevin Canty, Ron Carlson, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Leslie Jamison, Benjamin Nugent, Benjamin Hale, and others.