Flash Fiction Contest – One Book, One Chicago

As part of the 10th anniversary One Book, One Chicago selection, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, the Chicago Public Library and DePaul University’s Department of English present a Flash Fiction Writing Contest. Writers are invited to submit their short version of the great American novel, their “I am an American, Chicago born” in 750 words or less. Stories must be set in Chicago, and, more importantly, inspired by Chicago, as was Bellow.

The entries will be judged by Stuart Dybek, an expert in both flash fiction and Chicago, whose collection The Coast of Chicago was the One Book, One Chicago selection in spring 2004. Three finalists will read their work at an event at Stop Smiling, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, October 13; and the winner will have their work published in a future issue of the newly revitalized magazine The Chicagoan.


Entry details include:

 · Reading Fee: None

· Send no more than three pieces per entry, 750-word maximum per piece.

· Only one entry per person.

· All entries must be prose fiction.

· All entries must be submitted via email to onebookonechicago.contests@gmail.com.

· All entries must be anonymously submitted (see below).

· Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere are acceptable.

· Simultaneous submissions are OK.

· All entrants must currently live in the Chicagoland area.


Postmark Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2011


Entrants must include their name, phone number, postal address and email address in the body of their email. Please attach each entry as its own .doc or .pdf file. No personal information may be included on the entries themselves. Chicago Public Library cannot consider work from anyone who is a current or former student of the prize judge. We also will not consider work from anyone who is a personal friend of the judge. Winners will be notified by email on or around October 6. For contest details go to onebookonechicago.org  and click on the contest link.

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