The Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize is meant to showcase the work of outstanding short-story writers, published or emerging. We are delighted to announce that the Judge of the Flying Elephants Prize is world-renowned author Edwidge Danticat, and that the Prize Fund is sponsored by Gregory Colbert, the artist and nature advocate behind “Ashes and Snow.” AndWeWereHungry welcomes your entries!
- Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Short-Story Length: No length restrictions, but longer manuscripts (8,000–10,000 words) or shorter manuscripts (less than 2,000 words) will have to be truly exceptional to be shortlisted.
- Entry Fee: None.
- Eligibility: Writers must eighteen-years of age or older, and short stories must be original and previously unpublished.
- Theme or Prompt: “And we were hungry…,” or “Hunger.” For isn’t it, to quote the late Ray Bradbury, hunger or “lack that gives us inspiration?”
- Grand Prize Theme: Consideration for the grand prize is reserved for stories that connect the theme with nature or the natural world.
- Entry Instructions: A writer may submit two (2) short stories. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and if you need to withdraw a story, you can do so directly via our online submission submissions manager. Entry of a novel excerpt is permissible, provided it stands alone as a short story.
- How to Submit: Submissions accepted online only. You can submit your original unpublished short stories here.
- Prizes: One grand prize winner ($2,000 + publication ), three finalists ($1,000 each + publication) and eight runners-ups (publication only).
- Judge: Edwidge Danticat
We hope submissions will embody a wild diversity of perspective, voice, and style; and suspect that the most powerful submissions will wear the stated theme lightly while presenting us with something new to discover. We encourage work from writers of all backgrounds.
Ready to submit us your short fiction? You can submit your original unpublished short stories here.
The Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize complete terms and conditions can be found here.
This document was last updated on Feb. 13, 2013.