CONTEST OPENS March 1, 2014.
The winner of the First Annual Bevel Summers Prize for Short Short Fiction is “Facsimile in Boots” by Marsha McSpadden of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other finalists are Amina Gautier, Sharon Hashimoto, Vera Korshunova, John Lassiter, Laura Long, Kelly Luce, John Ruemmler, Leslie Tucker and Paul Weidknecht. The winning story will appear in Shenandoah 61, No. 1 in September; the other finalists appeared in 61, No. 2 in February, 2o12. See below for guidelines for the second annual award.
The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story will open to stories of up to 1,000 words. Stories for the 2014 prize should be sent to Bevel Summers/Shenandoah, 17 Courthouse Square, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450 and must be received between March 1 and March 31. Send through ourSubmittable submissions link or send two copies via mail, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with an sase for notification. The entry fee is WAIVED THIS YEAR. Submit up to three separate stories. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah‘s first online issue. Entries numbered over 200 in 2011, over 400 in 2012. The prize winner will be announced in early June of 2013 on the both the Shenandoah and Washington and Lee websites and through news releases.
3rd ANNUAL PRIZE (2014)
The submission window for 2014 will open March 1 and close March 31, 2014. Word limit is 1000 per story. Entry fee is WAIVED THIS YEAR. Writers may submit as many as three stories. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Shenandoah; all finalists will be eligible for publication in Shenandoah. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE. No friends, relatives, students or teachers of judge Nick Ripatrazone will be eligible this year.
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”