Owl Canyon Press Self-Guided Short Story Contest

For Students Ages 16-19

 

​First Prize: $300

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

 

The first place winner will also receive a one hour story consultation/critique from author Carrie Jane Knowles.

 

To enter, participants are required to purchase one copy of A Self-guided Workbook and Gentle Tour on How to Write Stories From Start to Finish by Carrie Jane Knowles, from Owl Canyon Press. The book contains the prompt for the contest. There are no other entry fees. The contest will open on September 1, 2020, and close on November 15, 2020 at midnight Mountain Standard Time.

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Contest Rules and Regulations

 

First prize is $300, 2nd prize is $200, and 3rd prize is $100 with the winning short stories and ten finalists published in a short story anthology.

 

ABOUT THE CONTEST


Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 5,000 words or less. The prompt for the contest is located on page 41 of the Workbook: “You know your best friend has lied.”


CONTEST DETAILS

  • Participants are required to purchase one copy of A Self-guided Workbook and Gentle Tour on How to Write Stories from Start to Finish from the Owl Canyon Press website in order to enter. Please indicate at the time of your purchase that you are registering to enter the contest. At the time of your registration, you will receive instructions for submitting your story.

  • Anyone ages 16-19 can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English

  • Stories can be no longer than 5,000 words

  • Authors retain all rights to their short stories.

  • Winning authors and finalists agree to permit Owl Canyon Press to publish their stories in an anthology.

  • Winners receive up to $300 in cash awards and publication in a short story anthology, and the first place winner will also receive a one hour story consultation/critique from author Carrie Jane Knowles. First, second and third place winners will also receive a free copy of the anthology.

 

Winners will be notified in February 2021

Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in

disqualification. 

SPECIAL 15% Discount when you purchase Carrie's Workbook and her book of short stories, Black Tie Optional: 17 Stories. Order here.

JUDGES

Carrie Jane Knowles

 Carrie Knowles was selected to be North Carolina’s 2014 Piedmont  Laureate for her work in short fiction. She has four novels: Lillian’s Garden, Ashoan’s RugA Garden Wall in Provence, and The Inevitable Past. She has a non-fiction book, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer's.

 

She writes a monthly Personal Perspectives column for Psychology Today: “Shifting Forward.” Glimmer Train, one of the top literary journals in the country, has given recognition to 6 of the 17 short stories in her collection of short fiction: Black Tie Optional. Five additional stories in the collection have been awarded honors by other literary journals.

 

 

Gene Hayworth

Gene Hayworth is the publisher and chief editor of Owl Canyon Press. He is the author of Fever Vision: The Life and Works of Coleman Dowell (Dalkey Archive Press, (2007) and has translated several books from German into English, including Black Earth : A Journey Through Ukraine (Haus Publishing, 2019),  A Journey Into Russia (Haus Publishing, 2015), Turkey Rediscovered: A Land between Tradition and Modernity, (Haus Publishing, 2016), The Gentlemen's Tailor (Owl Canyon Press, 2013).