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The TenTen Fiction Competition
LITERARY FICTION COMPETITION
A Short Story in exactly 1,010 words
Short Stories - The Winner and Finalists Announced!
are pleased to feature the winners of the WordSmitten
creative writing competitions for 2008 for both our annual
Our short story award winners for the TenTen competiton
are featured in our creative writing section, Native
Shore Fiction, presented under the wings of angels,
perhaps, but most certainly under the watchful eye of
our native curlew. Our flash fiction winners of the short-short
fiction (micro fiction) awards are featured in our Storycove
section. Each year we invite our audience of avid readers
to join us in congratulating the winners of these events.
2008 WordSmitten's Storycove Flash Fiction Prize of $150.00
for best short fiction was awarded to Mukta
Singh-Zocchi of Los Angeles, California.
Her story is published this month.
The 2008 WordSmitten's TenTen Short Story Prize
of $1,010.00 was awarded
Coppens, of Worchester, Massachusetts, for
her story, Passing Days.
addition, we are publishing our five finalists for this
years award. Look for their stories soon.
for this creative writing event for 2008 are:
Grace Marcus and Alan Sirois, Doylestown, PA, for their
co-authored story titled, "No Show"
Jerome Powell, San Diego, CA, for his story titled,
George Sheanshang, New York, NY, for his story titled,
Gila Tal-Green, Beit Shemesh, Israel, for her story
titled, "The Costume Room" .
It is our policy to award these scholarships to writers
for original, unpublished fiction that
has not been recognized, published, or awarded any previous
prize. We congratulate our 2008 winners for these outstanding
year's deadline is July 1.
the rule for the TenTen?
The Rule: Write a short story that requires exactly 1,010
words (excludes the title and footnotes). That's it. That's
the rule. Excise those adverbs and cut those adjectives. Make
us laugh or make us weep. Above all, pay rigorous attention
to the word count. It's why we call this unique short story
contest The TenTen. It's a challenge to be precise,
be witty, be short. Sharpen
your pencils and rev up your laptops for the TenTen 2009.
winners of the $1,010.00 Fiction Prize include:
Davis, for his short story "Same Thing Only Different."
Maria Dahvana Headley. Her recent novel, The Year of Yes,
rocked the house when broadcasting's Katie Couric interviewed
OUR PREVIOUS WINNING STORIES:
Media's recent fiction judges include:
Burroway, author of the revered textbook, Writing
Fiction, and a renowned educator at Florida State University,
now FSU's noted Professor Emerita.
Holland, author of The Spectacle of the Body,
educator, and head of the UMass creative writing program,
helped us to select Maria Headley's story that evolved into
the bestseller and
a favorite novel for Katie Couric, MD Headley's The Year
Peter Meinke, educator,
poet, and author of The
of the Flannery
O' Connor Award in Short Fiction).
Thisbe Nissen, author
of The Good People of New York & Osprey Island.
Michael C. White,
professor of creative writing and author of The Garden
of Martyrs, A Dream of Wolves, and other notable
works of fiction.
WordSmitten, an international media company provides interviews,
reviews, and news of interest to the publishing and writing
communities. We invite all writers of literary fiction
(and as much as we like a good romance and thriller
to read, no other genre, sorry) to enter this annual competition.
The annual 1010 Fiction Award provides
a grant in the amount of $1010.00 to be awarded annually in
there are more rules.
Requirements: Fiction previously unpublished,
submitted through on-line procedures only, with a specific
word count of exactly 1,010 words. No attachments.
rights revert upon e-publication on our site, www.wordsmitten.com
and winner will be notified by mail and/or by e-mail.
If we are unable to reach the selected winner we will choose
a runner up if we do not have current contact information on
file. To register, read the guidelines and include a reading
fee of $15.00. No multiple submissions. Literary fiction only.
We only accept submissions of on-line manuscripts
until the deadline of July 1, 2009 and anything
beyond that date will not be acknowledged or accepted. Participants
must be 18 years on or before July 1, 2009.
name should not appear on the manuscript under the title. The
top of the e-mail should contain the title only.
name, address, telephone number, and title at the bottom
of the e-mail; PLACE this info at least five spaces past the
end of the story.
In your e-mail's Subject Line,
include the words TenTen Fiction.
to submit your TenTen Short Story to WordSmitten's
2009 competition? First, send your submission to storywordsmitten.com
and include the Subject Header: TenTen Fiction. Then click on
the PayPal logo at the bottom of this paragraph.
If you are not familiar with PayPal (a company owned by eBay
and listed on the stock exchange) and prefer snail mail, then
write to us for permission to mail your application.
To submit your story electronically, follow the PayPal instructions
to process your reading fee of $15.00. Include your name, address,
email, phone number, and your story title with your PayPal
application. Use our registered e-mail address (awardwordsmitten.com)
to complete your registration on PayPal.
register now, click here:
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