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Mon 14 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

This is stolen whole cloth from the Diagram site (so the links, etc., may work, maybe better going to their page):

$5 Innovative Fiction Contest

deadline: 03.15.08 Good news! The $5 Innovative Fiction Contest is open for submissions. Our 2008 judge is fabulous (fabulist) fiction writer Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen. The prize is $1000 + publication. 10+ finalists will have their stories published in the DIAGRAM Summer Fiction issue. The information on last year’s contest finalists and winners is online [here]. The 2007 summer fiction issue is [here].

We don’t make money on this contest (obviously). This contest also has no frills: we can’t send out snail mail contest announcements or email announcements of the finalists or winner (though if you submit electronically, you’ll get a response). All submissions are read anonymously by an anonymous panel of judges and screeners (different group than last year). This is an ethical contest, so please, close friends or former students of the judge, you’re not welcome to enter this time (sorry). All submissions are considered for publication by DIAGRAM. All stories submitted must be unpublished (personal website and blogs excepted).

The entry fee per story is $5, paid via paypal or check or cash.

This year we will accept submissions via two methods:

1> snail mail (not preferred, but okay if you want to do it): mail the story (w/a removable cover sheet with your contact info & the story title) and a check or cash to DIAGRAM $5IFC, 648 Crescent NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). Sorry, but we can’t notify via SASE. If you want a notification, go for #2.

2> the DIAGRAM submissions manager system: much preferred; this way you will definitely get a response—create an account and submit your story, and this is important, you must choose the genre as “$5 IFC” for your story to be considered; you must also pay the entry fee ($5) through paypal with a CC by clicking here:


or via post. Note that you will receive an automated submission acknowledgment via email (it’s the boilerplate one we send for regular DIAGRAM submissions, so ignore that part of the email).

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