Temple University Libraries is excited to host its second creative writing contest in partnership with Short Édition, French publisher and creator of the Short Story Dispenser. This summer, things look a little different on campus. The Dispenser has gone quiet, no longer spinning out stories and poetry into everyday life, and a lot of us have been at home, experiencing a "new normal." But that's precisely why this is a time to stay connected, to express ourselves, to spark conversation and listen to one another.
From June 8th to July 24th, Temple Libraries invites all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, to submit a short story or poem speaking to the theme of this summer's contest: Interruption.
“Have you ever noticed that life consists mostly of interruptions, with occasional spells of rush work in between?“
- Buwei Yang Chao, in Yuen Ren Chao, trans., Autobiography of a Chinese Woman (1947)
What does "interruption" mean to you? How can it send a character down an unforeseen path? Challenge us in new ways? Lead to better or to worse? Scramble those best-laid plans...
Whether you choose to write directly about coronavirus, about the nationwide movement against racism, or you decide to build an entirely new world, to illustrate the unexpected, a welcome or not-so-welcome pause, or perhaps lost anticipation, in a new way — we want to read your take on "interruption" across all genres, topics and worlds.
Submissions open on June 8th at 12:00 a.m. and close on July 24th at 11:59 p.m. The editorial board will select 15 finalists, and the public will select 5 finalists by voting for their favorite submissions online.
All 20 finalists will be announced on August 10th. Once the finalists have been announced, the online community votes will be reset to zero and the public will again be invited to participate in the selection of the public winner by voting for their favorite finalist(s) through August 24th. During this time the final jury will also read the final submissions and select one juried winner and two runners-up.
The final results will be announced on September 8th!
Winners and Prizes
The juried winner will be awarded $250 and each juried runner-up, $100. The public winner will be awarded $125. All winners and other selected works will be published on campus in the Short Story Dispenser. In addition, Short Édition will be considering all submissions for international publication in their 300+ Dispensers worldwide.
For any and all questions, please feel free to contact Temple Libraries at firstname.lastname@example.org
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