Who, What, When, and Where?

From January 21st to March 15th, Temple University invites all students and faculty to participate in a creative writing contest to commemorate the new Charles Library, publish selected works in the Short Story Dispenser, and celebrate short fiction across campus. Submissions must be short stories or poems of less than 8,000 characters, spaces included.

The theme of this contest is: transformation

French novelist, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, wrote, “A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”

Transformation can take all shapes and sizes within our lives, whether it’s an interior transformation or something you can see taking place in the world around you.

What transformation will take place in your story?

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Flower Road Transformation

A transformation is happening at Temple University right now. Every day, the master plan evolves, another brick is laid, and the new Charles Library is slowly coming to life. This won’t be the only literary renewal on campus this year, however.
Beginning in April 2019, a mysterious machine will find its home at Temple, reeling out short stories, showcasing students’ work, and stirring up a creative writing awakening across campus. What sort of curious machine will emerge and re-enchant students with daily doses of fiction? A Short Story Dispenser, created by French publisher, Short Édition.

Contest Timeline

Submissions open on January 21st at 12:00 a.m. and close on March 15th at 11:59 p.m. The editorial board will select 15 finalists and 5 stories with the highest amount of community votes will be selected as the public finalists.
All 20 finalists will be announced on March 29th. The final jury will then have two weeks to select one winner and two runners-up, and the public will also be invited to vote on their favorite stories during this time to participate in the selection of a public winner. Final results will be announced on April 12th!

Winners and Prizes

The juried winner will be awarded $X and each juried runner-up, $X. The public winner will be awarded a contest gift box prepared by the Temple Editorial Team. All winners and other selected works will be published on campus in the Short Story Dispenser. As well, Short Édition will be considering all submissions for international publication in their Dispensers worldwide.

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To sum up

January 21st to March 15th
March 15th to March 29th
March 29th to April 12th
  • Submit your short story or poem of maximum 8,000 characters (spaces included)
  • All qualifying submissions will be published on the contest webpage shortly after receipt
  • 15 works selected by the Editorial Team as finalists
  • 5 works selected as finalists based on the highest number of votes from the online community
  • One winner and 2 runners-up selected by the Jury
  • One public winner selected based on the highest number of community votes