DEADLINE MIDNIGHT SEPT 18th 2022
THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING
Write 1000 words of engaging FICTION or CNF based on the following prompt:
. . . WHO I WAS, BEFORE THIS . . .
Contestants can include the prompt anywhere within the text, except as a title. Titles must be original. Contestants may also omit the prompt entirely, provided that the text clearly uses it as the main inspiration.
$600 for winner in each category.
Group 1 – Fiction: Contestants are advised to treat the prompt as a useful device for highlighting a character’s development arc.
Group 2 – CNF: We would like to read short personal essays about transformation, transformative events or big decisions.
Contestants may enter one or both categories. If entering both categories, please submit a separate work to each, one fiction and one creative non-fiction. If entering only one category, contestants may submit two works to that category.
SAVE FILES AS: [TITLE]
Please submit all entries/requests via email:
Type [Group 1] or [Group 2] in the email subject line, accordingly. A maximum of two files may be attached to an email. Include any relevant contact information or personal details in the body of the email.
A limited number of bursaries for entry are available on request until September 1st. We consider and grant requests as they arrive so it is advisable to apply early.
Student concession is $5 per entry.
Standard entry fee is $10 per entry.
DEADLINE: September 18th 2022
RESULTS: By November 3rd 2022
Term(ite)s and Conditions:
Contestants agree to allow Sleek City Press one-time publication rights for part or whole digital reproduction of winning entries.
Contestants agree to allow Sleek City Press to make reasonable changes to winning entries for display purposes only.
Sleek City Press agree to consider winning entries for print anthology without reading fee. Sleek City Press may recommend alterations to shortlisted entries for the purposes of submission to anthology consideration. Sleek City Press can not guarantee that resubmitted drafts will be read without an accompanying fee.
Contestants must be aged 18 or over by the date of sending their submission(s).
While we remain open to work that stretches concepts, we prefer to see foundations for anything that veers into the graphic. We cannot tolerate propaganda without irony. Hateful material will vanish.
We work with a team of volunteers who sift the preliminary round. We trust our volunteers and respect their decisions.
Fees and prizes are paid through PayPal.
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie
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to introduce yourself and your ideas. Tell us why you think you might enjoy a stay at SLEEK CITY PRESS and how long you could possibly remain. As volunteer you will analyse and provide feedback on hot new international fiction, edit and be edited, be encouraged and assisted to apply for opportunities and chit-chat informally about writing in general. Paid roles arising in the near future will likely come under the consideration of promising volunteers first.