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How to Write a Short Story: Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

In this video, narrated by the author himself, Kurt Vonnegut shares eight insightful tips for writing a great short story.

This advice was published in the introduction to Bagombo Snuff Box, a collection of Vonnegut stories written during the fifties and sixties for popular magazines including Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post.

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“There’s no reason why the simple shape of stories can’t be fed into computers, they have beautiful shapes.” — Kurt Vonnegut

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut

Watch Kurt Vonnegut explain The Shapes of Stories himself in this great video.

 

Designer: Maya Eilam
Sources: A Man Without a Country and Palm Sunday


Apologies for the long delay between posts and the absence of an Opportunities for Writers post in April. Running this site is a part-time gig, and balancing it and life’s other challenges can get a little overwhelming sometimes.

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Our Opportunities for Writers list for May and June is below. As always, don’t forget that deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details.

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Electric Literature
is open to submissions of personal and critical essays, as well as humour that reflects on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms. The editors are particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture etc. Closes 1 May.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2016 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 
is an international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The final entry deadline for the 2017 competition is 1 May.

Jack Jones Literary Arts
is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held from 12 to 26 October and is open exclusively to women of color writing in any genre. Eleven fully-funded fellowships are available. Applications close 1 May.

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Opportunities for Writers June and July 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Broken City
is accepting submissions for a school-themed issued titled ‘Breakfast Clubbed’. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations and photography will all be considered. Closes 1 June.

Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence
Built in 1902, Gladstone’s Library is the UK’s only residential library. The Library’s Writers in Residence program began in 2011. Four residencies are offered each year with each writer staying at the Library for a month. The Writers in Residence are asked to keep a blog about their stay, as well as running a creative writing workshop. Residents receive full room and board, reimbursement for travel expenses and a small stipend of £100 per week. Applications close on 1 June.

Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
is a creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel and is hosted by The Iowa Review. Writing can be in any genre, about any subject matter and must be under 20 pages. First prize is $1000 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of The Iowa Review and there is no entry fee. Entries close on 1 June.

Willow Springs Books
invites submissions for the 2016 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. The winner receives US$2000 plus publication. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories. Entries close 1 June.

Where The Stars Rise
is a new anthology of speculative fiction featuring original stories that celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian heritage/ancestry. Submissions close 1 June.

Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its fifth annual issue. The theme is Indiana. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. The deadline is 1 June.

American Short Fiction Contest
is open to entries between 2000 and 6500 words. It offers a first prize of US$1000 prize and publication and all entries will be considered for publication. Closes 1 June.

NonBinary Review
is a quarterly interactive literary journal that joins many stories around each issue’s theme. The editors invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them including rewriting a familiar story from a new point of view, mashing genres together or writing a personal essay about some aspect of the selected theme. NonBinary review is currently accepting submissions for issue nine on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland close on 1 June.

Fourteen Hills
is edited by graduate students in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. It is committed to presenting a diversity of experimental and progressive work by emerging and cross-genre writers. Submissions close 1 June.

10 Days to a Daily Habit
is a new Skillshare course taught by  novelist, essayist and bookseller Emily Gould. This self-paced creative writing challenge is aimed at helping you unlock your creativity and kickstart a daily writing habit. Enrol using the link above to access this course, and hundreds of others, for three months for just 99 cents.

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Opportunities for Writers May and June 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2015 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry Award
is currently accepting poetry from emerging writers worldwide. No more than 3 poems per submission (multiple submissions welcome). Entry fee comes with one-year subscription. A prize of $1000 will be awarded to one winner. The deadline is 1 May.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Submissions close 1 May.

10 Days to a Daily Habit
is a new Skillshare course taught by  novelist, essayist and bookseller Emily Gould. This self-paced creative writing challenge is aimed at helping you unlock your creativity and kickstart a daily writing habit. Enrol using the link above to access this course, and hundreds of others, for three months for just 99 cents.

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

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Publication Opportunities for Writers in June and July 2015

Over 40 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

McSweeney’s Quarterly
is currently accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.

Paper and Ink Zine
is seeking submissions for a forthcoming issue on the theme Childhood.  It accepts short stories, poetry, flash fiction, memoirs and more up to 1500 words Submissions close 1 June.

The Quotable
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for its 17th issue on the theme Accommodation close on 1 June. They are seeking flash fiction (up to 1000 words), short fiction (up to 3000 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 3000 words), as well as poetry and art.

Oxford American
welcomes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for Points South and feature articles. Submissions for the Fall 2015 issue close on 1 June.

Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its fourth annual issue. The theme is social justice. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. The deadline is 1 June.

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