Contest: The Doug Fir Fiction Award

Contest: The Doug Fir Fiction Award


Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents:
The Doug Fir Fiction Award
Every Story Begins Somewhere

Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology*,
national publication and manuscript review

Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration

Deadline: September 3, 2013 (postmark)**

Award Judge (2012-13): Lidia Yuknavitch&#

39;s most recent books include Dora: A
Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author
of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to
Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.Her
work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago
Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel
was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and
fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of
Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012.
Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War, Wreckage
of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and women’s studies in Oregon.

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books
(Note: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review
for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)

Entry Fee: $15

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short
stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world,
interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

Online submissions, payments and sample issue requests are accepted at

For complete guidelines: or email bearATorloDOTorg (website is under redesign)

Writing contest: 5th Wordstock Short Fiction Competition

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.

Aimee Bender

Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC.
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