Summer Literary Seminars Contest Announced

The Summer Literary Seminars group has announced its 2009 writing contest. The annual contest, this year, is being held in affiliation with Fence Magazine and the Summer Literary Seminar groups in Italy, Lithuania, and Kenya.

Winner entrants will have their work published in Fence as well as internationally in journals from Canada, Russia, Kenya, Italy, and Lithuania. The winners will also be awarded airfare, tuition, and housing to attend one of the three Summer Literary Seminars in Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy; Vilnius-Nida, Lithuania; or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya.

Second place winners will receive a full tuition waiver and third place contests will be rewarded with a 50% tuition waiver. Other entrants may also be awarded merit-based tuition scholarships.

The poetry judge will be Ann Lauterbach and the fiction judge will be Lynn Tillman.

The Deadline for contest submissions is February 28, 2009.

Complete guidelines, from the Summer Literary Seminars website are as follows:

  • One short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 pages per entry.
  • No more than three poems per entry.
  • Only previously unpublished work can be submitted.

Entries can be submitted electronically, to: SLS Fiction Poetry Contest

A $15 US reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.

Fees can paid paid online, via Paypal. Go to:

Online submissions and payments are much preferred, but if you would rather submit the hard copy and pay by check, the addresses are:

Entries from the US and other countries:

Summer Literary Seminars
Literary Contest
PO Box 16
Brooklyn, NY 11222

From Canada:

Summer Literary Seminars
Literary Contest
English Department
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8 Canada

  • Include your complete contact information (address, telephone, email address) on the manuscript. Entries are not judged blind.
  • All entrants will be notified of the winners in the spring by email.
  • Cover letters are not required.
  • Previous First-Place winners may not re-enter.

Do not hesitate to contact SLS with any questions, by e-mail:, or

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