2017 Annual Short Story Contest
Jill Alexander Essbaum, Stephen Jay Schwartz, and Deanne Stillman
Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment.
Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.
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Subject: PSWG Annual Short Story Contest. YOUR NAME HERE
Example of Cover Letter:
Attached please find my entry to the PSWG Annual Short Story contest titled, “Title Here.”
Signed, YOUR NAME
Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2017.
No entries accepted after March 15, 2017
Winners will be announced at the PSWG General Meeting on May 6, 2017.
About our Judges
Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of several collections of poetry. She is the winner of the Bakeless Poetry Prize and recipient of two NEA literature fellowships. A member of the core faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program, she resides in Austin, Texas.
Deanne Stillman’s latest book is Desert Reckoning, based on her Rolling Stone piece, “The Great Mojave Manhunt,” finalist for a PEN Center USA journalism award and also won the 2013 Spur Award for best western nonfiction, contemporary, the LA Press Club Award for best general nonfiction, and was named a Southwest Book of the year.
Stephen Jay Schwartz was Director of Development for film-maker Wolfgang Peterson. His novels, Boulevard, and Beat were optioned by producer Ben Silverman. Schwartz has had stories published in “Jewish Noir” for PM Press and “LA Fiction Anthology.” He is working on his third novel.
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