The magazine’s annual contest calls for participation by authors writing in English and in the BCMS languages. The contest is international in format, and there are no geographical restrictions so long as the submissions are in one of the languages specified. Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the region (BCMS). Find out more.
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We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages ​​of the region (BCMS)?! Find out more.

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2016-2017 Preliminary Contest's Results (The Long List)

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Foremost: we completely understand occasional complaints by our respected authors and writers regarding the delay in announcing the results of our competition. We apologise, again, for having kept you waiting! Finally, the jury comprising Sibelan Forrester, Tanja Stupar-Trifunović and John K. Cox are delighted to announce the preliminary results (the long list). (Notification of the […]

Important Announcement

Monday 28th August 2017

Dear Writers, First and foremost, please accept our apologies for this delayed announcement. The jury is – still – working. So, please, be patient and thank you in advance. Hourglass has gone through some stormy weather – and it followed us from the beginning of the year 2017. And now, we don’t want to bother you with […]

The deadline to enter Hourglass Literary Magazine’s International Writing competition has been extended to May 31st!

Monday 1st May 2017

Dear Writers, Hourglass Literary Magazine’s publisher Biblioner and our 2nd international contest’s organizing committee have decided to make an extension of the deadline for authors writing in English only. Please note that the submission window for authors writing in the BCMS languages is closed. The reason for this is that the low number of submissions […]

Karl Williams Receives the Freewrite

Friday 23rd December 2016

Mr. Karl Williams won the Freewrite Award for his short story “Buddy & Teemus”. Sibelan Forrester, the inaugural contest judge said about short story “Buddy & Teemus”: A straightforward story with an unusual setting devotes unsentimental attention to different human beings’ ways of being and interacting, their various abilities and disabilities, and the ways they […]

Claire Mulligan on Writing, Influences and HLM

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Claire Mulligan’s first work of historical fiction, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the 2007 Scotiabank Prize as well as the Ethel Wilson Award. Claire was born and raised in British Columbia and graduated from UBC in 1995. She currently lives in Victoria BC with her three young children. What a great pleasure and honour […]

The Inaugural Contest’s Poet Laureate - Mr. John B. Lee

Thursday 24th November 2016

Mr. John B. Lee – the inaugural contest’s poet laureate – reads Lalo’s Walls and Climbing the Great Wall of China. Video edited by Mr. Ian Bell. “Climbing the Great Wall of China” (LE AWARD) by John Lee. Ms Sibelan Forrester said: This poem describes a famous place with strong and evocative images that connect the perceiving consciousness with the wall’s visible […]

Weary Feat by Michael Twist

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Michael Twist reads an excerpt from Weary Feat: Sibelan Forrester said: This story had way too much detail about basketball for me, but that is only part of what it does. I kept expecting the young hero to be shot or otherwise have his hopes for success as a basketball player dashed by inner city menace. […]