Wordstock, an annual writing festival held in Portland, Oregon, is accepting submissions for its 5th Wordstock Short Fiction Competition. This national contest is a blind competition. The winner of the competition receives a first prize of $1,000 and publication in the October 2011 issue of Portland Monthly magazine. All 10 finalists’ stories will be published in the Wordstock Ten, an anthology that will be available at the festival, at Portland-area bookstores, and online through the Wordstock website. Every writer who enters the competition will receive a copy of the anthology.
The final judge for this year’s competition is novelist Aimee Bender.
The fee to enter the contest is $20. This year, for the first time, submissions can only be made online. Any proceeds from the competition go to support Wordstock’s education programs for teachers and students. The deadline for entering the 2011 competition is July 15.
Complete submission guidelines are available at http://wordstockfestival.com/get-involved/short-fiction-competition