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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

International NOVELLA competition

                                    Me and Ernie hanging out
The 2011 Paris Literary Prize is for those who have written something perfectly formed (or in the process of writing it) that's too long to be a short story and too concise to be a novel.  Minimum word count of 20,000 and maximum of 30,000 and it must have a "sustained narrative". Linked short stories won't do. But you don't send the entire manuscript unless you are shortlisted. Here's how it pans out.
December 1st Send by midnight (Paris time) the following - online submission only:
• A title page: Your name, address, email, phone number, and title of novella
• A one-page (maximum 250 words) cover letter introducing yourself and your novella
• A maximum 300-word synopsis of your novella
• The first 3000 words (you may send less than 3000, but not over)
February 20th 2011shortlist announced.
March 20th 2011 short listed entrants have to send the complete manuscript.
June 16 2011 (Bloom's Day - that's nice) Winner announced
PRIZE 10,000€ and a weekend stay in Paris, France. The winner will also read from his or her work at a special event at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris.:
There will be two runner-ups. They will receive a weekend stay in Paris and an opportunity to read from their work at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris. 
Entry fee: 50 euros - pay by PayPal unless you're in Paris and can pop in.
It is heft entry fee but it's a prestigious award (and cool - the Left Bank bookshop has been an iconic gathering place for writers and artists such as Ernest Hemingway (see above), F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein.)
Click on the title of this post to go to the website

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