Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I've given up on poetry contests in general, but this short fiction contest from the wonderful folks at Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans is something I can get behind. Here's the skinny.

The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festival!s First Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.”

The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. The entry fee is $10 per story with a 3 story limit per author.One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press.There will also be a book release party held during the 8th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 13-16, 2010. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is January 2, 2010.

Contest details at a glance:
Theme: Saints and Sinners
Entry Fee: $10 US per story. Limit three stories per author.
Deadline: January 2, 2010
Word Count: 5,000 to 7,000
Send 2 copies of each story with a completed entry form. Submissions should be in standard
manuscript format. Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.

Entry Form and more information on website: For questions or further information concerning the short fiction contest, contact Saints and Sinners Literary Festival at or call (504) 581-1144.


christine said…
Why are you down on poetry contests? I've never participated in one, and know nothing about them. I'm curious about your experiences.
Collin Kelley said…
I'm specifically against poetry contests for first books of poetry. You have better odds playing the lottery. I know fine poets who have spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on contests before winning one -- or never winning one. With all the publishing options, you could self-pub or submit to a publishing house that has an open reading period. MFA programs and academia have ingrained that if you don't win a book prize you're never going to "make it" as a "real" poet. It's bullshit.
christine said…
Thanks for that piece of information. I'm already learning how insular academia is, and I'm definitely on the edge of all that.

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