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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers: Entries Open Until 31 December

Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is only open people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. The 2018 contest was won by Claire Boyles for her story ‘Lost Gun, $1000 Reward, No Questions’.

Boulevard’s editor, Jessica Rogen, explains that the contest is part of the magazine’s commitment to supporting the careers of emerging writers: “past contest winners have gone on to sell books, contract with agents, and otherwise take the next steps in their literary lives.” All entries are considered for publication and all contributors are paid for their work. With regards to the type of entries the judges might like to see in this year’s contest, Jessica advises that “stories with vivid detail and an original sensibility always stand out.”

An entry fee of $16 is payable but all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. The contest is open to writers around the world and entries may be submitted online or in hard copy.

Entries for the Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers close on Tuesday 31 December 2019. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boulevard website.

Between 1 November and 1 May, Boulevard also welcomes unsolicited submissions from both established and emerging writers. The minimum payment for prose is $100, maximum $300.