Thursday, March 2, 2017

District Lit ISO Flash Fiction & Writing on Disability

Founded in 2012, District Lit is an online journal based in DC, MD, and VA, with these exciting opportunities for writers.

Disability, Medicine, and Illness Special Issue 
While we are always open to work from writers with disabilities, this themed issue will highlight poetry and nonfiction about living with disability, illness, or medical treatments. We want writing and art about chronic illness, disability (visible and invisible), medical histories and procedures, recovery, and the body in all its forms. Send us your rawest poetry, powerful CNF, and embodied art.

Guest Judge: Jen Stein Hauptmann
Poetry: 1-3 poems; <100 lines; prose poetry welcome
Prose: creative nonfiction, less than 800 words
Reading Period: February 12 - March 15, 2017

Spring 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

We are hosting an inaugural flash fiction contest. The first place flash fiction story will appear on District Lit’s website. The winner will receive $200, publication, and a copy of the judge’s book. The second and third place finalists will receive a copy of the judge's book and possible publication in District Lit.

Contest Deadlines and Fee

Submissions will be accepted March 1 – May 1, 2017. All submissions must include a $5.00 reading fee. The winner will be announced late summer 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Each submission must be 750 words or less and submitted through Submittable. Multiple entries are accepted, but each entry requires a separate reading fee. Your name should not appear anywhere on your submission. Any identifiable information will automatically disqualify your story from consideration.

Guest Judge
Santino Prinzi will judge. Prinzi is the Co-Director of National Flash Fiction Day in the UK, the Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine, a First Reader for Vestal Review, and a reviewer of flash fiction collections for Bath Flash Fiction Award. His debut flash fiction collection, Dots and other flashes of perception, is available from The Nottingham Review Press. His short stories, flash fiction, and prose poetry have been published or is forthcoming in various places, such as Great JonesS treet, Litro Online, The Nottingham Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, CHEAP POP and Flash Frontier. To find out more follow him on Twitter(@tinoprinzi) or visit his website: Family, colleagues, and students of the judge are ineligible to win

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