Friday, November 16, 2007


Word has reached us about the 2nd Annual Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition. The Burnside Review is an independent journal from Portland, Oregon.

The judge for the fiction chapbook contest is the fabulous Aimee Bender.

The winner will receive twenty-five copies and a two hundred dollar cash prize. Competition runs September 15th to December 31st with the winner to be announced around March 1st, with publication date set for summer. The editors promise that "the same dedication and care will go into the production of the chapbook as with our journal—quality cardstock cover with photography, linen paper, excellent layout. We will make the publication process as cooperative as possible."

General Guidelines

--Up to 10,000 words of fiction. This can be one longer story or multiple shorter pieces. The writer’s name should appear nowhere on the manuscript.

--2 cover sheets, one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript.

--A page acknowledging previously published work.

IF BY POST: Include a self addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order for $15- made out to Burnside Review.

Entry must be postmarked by December 31st to:
Burnside Review Fiction Contest
24991 Crystal Circle
Lake Forest CA 92630.

IF BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: E-mail all of above a single Word file to:
Send $16- by Paypal to
Fee and entry must be submitted within 24 hours of each other. Receipt of entry will be sent after both arrive. (This method will save money and trees.)

The initial readers of the manuscripts will be Burnside Review staff members. They will choose between five and ten manuscripts as finalists to be passed on to the judge for selection of the winning collection.

The editors ask that former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest’s judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. The Burnside Review staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

At no time will the judge have the names of the finalists.

Winner will receive 25 copies of the chapbook printed by Burnside Review Press and a cash prize of $200-.

All questions happily answered by e-mail:

Aimee Bender lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Story, Harper's, Paris Review and many others. She has published three books, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, An Invisible Sign of My Own and Willful Creatures: Stories.

Complete guidelines available at

And if that isn't enough: the Burnside Review is also compiling their first ever LA theme issue. According to the editor: "This will help to chronicle the L.A. experience. All aettempts to infiltrate the literary scene, gather poetry, fiction, essay and artwork, stargaze, ogle silicon body parts and travel joyously down the path of excess will be reported here. We are looking for work from Los Angeleans or about Los Angeles." Check out the website and their blog for more information.

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