This season’s anthology competition is all about memorable meals; specifically, meals that are shared by two people. It can be a meal in a restaurant, a meal cooked at home, or even an outdoor picnic. It can be a first date, a blind date, a make-up date, a break-up date, or the celebration of a special occasion such as a birthday, job promotion or anniversary.
As with our previous anthology contests, it’s entirely your choice whether the content is humorous, serious, nostalgic or bittersweet. And who says the meal itself has to be picture-perfect? Some of the funniest stories that stay in our memories are often the ones where everything went disastrously wrong.
Of the 20 best essays chosen by our team of judges for publication, the top three will respectively receive $200, $150 and $100 as well as a feature interview. Entries will be judged on the basis of excellent wordsmithing (including flawless spelling, grammar and punctuation); a takeaway message that resonates and will makes readers smile, laugh, cry and/or reflect on the quest for companionship; and a strict adherence to what we think are pretty straightforward rules.
Entry fee: $5.00 (USD) submitted via PayPal.
If you’d like your work to be considered for the competition, the first step is to send an email to email@example.com with the subject line TABLE FOR TWO. The email itself should contain the following: Your name and contact information and the proposed title of your first-person original essay. Upon receipt of your email with this information, you’ll be given the PayPal address to which your $5.00 (USD) entry fee should be sent as well as the Authorization to Publish form which we require of all authors in the event their work is chosen. This form also contains a place for your 75-words-or-less bio (plus a website link) which will appear with your published essay.
The next step is to WRITE that wonderful essay of yours and send it to us along with the Authorization to Publish form. When your entry fee is processed, you’ll officially be in the contest. Although we welcome previously published work, you must own all rights to it at the time of submission. Likewise, you’ll retain all rights to your work after we publish it.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Entries must be true stories and not a work of fiction. (We’re taking your honest word for this.)
Entries must be written in first-person.
Word count is a minimum of 1,200 words and a maximum of 2,000.
Entries must be submitted as a Word document, single-spaced with a five-space indent, Garamond 11 pt. font.
Do not include any headers, footers or page numbers.
Humor is encouraged. Kvetching, blaming, slandering, or using offensive language is not.
Entries must be received no later than December 10, 2017 to be eligible for the competition.
Winners will be announced February 1, 2018 with paperback publication to follow in Spring of 2018.
We look forward to reading your work!
Christina Hamlett, Publisher