Contest

Hourglass Literary Magazine with the cooperation, support and patronage of Krajina klassBLC (Banjaluka College), software company Literature and Latte, The Literary Encyclopedia and Astrohaus announces its maiden competition for:

BEST SHORT STORY

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BEST ESSAY

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BEST POEM

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Awards

  • The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma.
  • Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).
  • Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.

Special Awards

  • The jury, comprising highly respected authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).
  • Ten Finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
  • All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine .

Scrivener Award

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  • Special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – consisting of the three licensed software solutions “Scrivener”.
  • Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

Freewrite award

 

FreewriteContest

  • Special prize of the Astrohaus – Freewrite Award – E-paper digital typewriter, worth $499, will be given to one author whose work we want to emphasize.
  • Learn more about Freewrite by Astrohaus.

The Literary Encyclopedia Award

 

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  • Special prize of The Literary Encyclopedia consisting of three 2-year subscriptions and three 1-year subscriptions to LE for shortlisted authors.
  • The Literary Encyclopedia is an online reference work for English-language readers interested in broad literary and cultural matters. It offers a new kind of scholarly resource: contributor-owned, committed to integrating literature and culture, providing detailed and comprehensive historical context, and furthering coverage of international literatures. LE articles are usually solicited by invitation, then refereed by one or more of the subject editors on our Editorial Board. They cover biographies of major and minor writers (and other culturally-important figures); scholarly descriptions of all interesting texts written by these authors; and a variety of critical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters.

Winners…

…will be officially awarded in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina (September 1, 2016). The event winners and finalists will be informed via e-mail/phone. If an author cannot attend the awards ceremony, sponsors of the contest will provide the video conference; funds will be paid via PayPal or bank transfer.

General criteria of the competition

  • Final closing date: 11:59 P.M. May 31st 2016 (US Central time).
  • Jury/Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
  • The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
  • Authors who write in BCMS may submit their entries in Latin or Cyrillic script.
  • There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries.
  • Work must be original and unpublished.
  • One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous  submissions).
  • By participating in the contest of the Hourglass Literary Magazine authors agree that their work which they submitted in the contest is to be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine (in print and digital form).
  • Short stories, essays and poems by writers who write in English will be translated in one of the BCMS languages ​​and vice versa.
  • Participants retain the copyright of their works.
  • Names of finalists will be published on the Internet at: www.hourglassonline.org and/or the Hourglass Monthly Newsletter and also through our media sponsor (ELTA TV) at the official press conference scheduled for July 2016.
  • Works can be sent in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt and .pdf format, with font size not exceeding 12 points.
  • Contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.
  • Please prepare your text document(s) accordingly to avoid disqualification. The document should only contain the name and text of the story, poem(s), essay. Personal details should be included in the Cover letter of the submission tool.
  • Participants at any time may contact the editorial office via email: contest {at} hourglassonline.org.
  • “Manifesto” of the literary magazine can be found here.

Appendix

  • Due to colossal differences in regional (BCMS) and international (more specifically English-speaking area) standards, all shortlisted  authors (including the winners), will be contacted separately regarding the contract via e-mail or phone before we commence work on the inaugural issue of Hourglass Literary Magazine.
  • The Early deadline is open from October 20 2015 to 11:59 P.M. December 31,  2015 (US Central time).

Detailed instructions for submissions:

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We only accept submissions online via Submittable.

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BEST SHORT STORY

Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words. Entry fee: 13.59 USD.

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BEST POEM

There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works. Entry fee: 13.59 USD.

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BEST ESSAY

Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words. Entry fee: 13.59 USD.

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NOTE TO AUTHORS:

Entry fee for authors who want to compete with more than one work in the category for the best essay, best short story is 20 USD for three works.

GOOD LUCK!

 

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