While growing up, I seem to have read a number of children’s books set in New York City and was always intrigued by stickball, so this announcement caught my eye:
Spindle Magazine's 2008 "Play Ball" Writing Contest
$50 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judges: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Lynne Procope & Fish Vargas
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 21, 2008
Spindle Magazine announces its 2008 "Play Ball" Writing Contest, recognizing the best baseball / stickball / cricket-related poetry, fiction and non-fiction from a New York City perspective. Whether it´s about the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers or Giants; cricket in the park; stickball on the street; running bases on the sidewalk; or whatever metaphorical angle you can come up with, we want to read it!
No entry or reading fee. All entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous, previously published works (except for chapbooks) and works forthcoming elsewhere will not be considered. Email submissions according to guidlelines to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry: Any style; max 65 lines. Submit up to 3 poems (max) for consideration.
Micro-Fiction: Any style; max 1,000 words. Submit 1 complete story for consideration.
Non-fiction: First-person perspectives only; max 1,000 words.Submit 1 complete article for consideration.
Submit cover sheet in the body of submission email including your category, name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Do NOT submit a bio or resume!
Submit manuscripts as attachments only -- .DOC, .RTF or .TXT files -- not in the body of the email.
Manuscripts MUST be primarily in English.
Entrant's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscripts. It will be rendered ineligible.Submissions that do not follow these guidlelines will be rejected.
SELECTION OF WINNER
The selection of the winning poem, story or article is based solely on artistic excellence - the quality of work submitted - and decided by the judging panel.
All applicants will be notified by email of panel decisions by April 4, 2008. The payment of the $50 honorarium will be made via money order upon publication, tentatively scheduled for April 8, 2008.
Upon acceptance, Spindle licences (not acquires) non-exclusive electronic publication rights only. All accepted work will be archived on the site in perpetuity.
Spindle is an online literary magazine with a twist, featuring creative non-fiction, poetry and short fiction by, for and about New Yorkers -- literal and spiritual. Showcasing emerging writers, artists, musicians and other notable New Yorkers, it offers a multi-faceted look at New York City and the world beyond through the eyes of both those who love it and hate it, and in many cases, a peek inside the minds of the people themselves.