Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Restaurants & Bars Theme Contest

Money for the contest winner and hearing your story read at Symphony Space: priceless! Plus, what a GREAT theme…. Here are the details:

The 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
with guest judge Jennifer Egan

The winning submission, selected by Jennifer Egan, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 8, 2011. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.

Story requirements
-Submit a single short story that addresses the theme, Restaurants and Bars.
-Your story must have a title.
-Make sure your name and contact information appear on the first page of your story. If you are submitting online, this information needs to appear on the first page of the attached Word document.
-Include page numbers.
-Your story must be no more than 750 words double-spaced (Times New Roman, 12pt font).
-Your story must be unpublished.

All submissions must be received by March 1, 2011. To be specific, online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day's mail. (Entries postmarked on March 2 will NOT be accepted.)

Where to submit your story
Submit your submission online at

Mail to
CONTEST, Selected Shorts Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025.

Mailed submissions must also include a check for $25, written to Symphony Space. Online submissions must give credit card information to submit. Stories will not be accepted without payment of the $25 fee.Please do not send duplicate copies (online or snail-mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and the small size of our office, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Jennifer Egan and notified by early May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list - please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the June 8th Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.