2014 Short Story Submissions Break Record

For immediate release:   August 4, 2014


Writers Short Story Submission Number at Record Level
for 2014 Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival

Short Story Writing Competition Receives 250% Increase in Submissions:
Writers of short fiction have responded in amazing numbers to the Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival’s 2014 Short Story Competition.  This annual short story competition is designed to provide an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and provide a forum for sharing their work.  The Festival’s committee members and the judges panel are dedicated to supporting the efforts and talent of unpublished and emerging writers of short fiction, with this 2014 competition celebrating this special writing ability and acknowledging Ms. Munro’s renowned writing skill.

All contestants must have Canadian connections to be eligible for the 2014 Alice Munro Writers & Readers Short Story Competition and entries cannot exceed 5000 words.  Karen Stewart, Chair of the Festival’s volunteer steering committee expressed her appreciation for the hard work and time that emerging writers must find in order to create their submissions, often balancing busy work and family-life demands.   “Our finalists offer sophisticated and unique stories and our hope is to continue to build the participation in the Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival as well as develop awareness and regard for these determined and skillful writers with members of the publishing industry.”

Monetary prizes are awarded for top five winners in both adult and  teen (age 13-19 as of August 1) categories.  Winners are invited to read from their entries at a Gala Event during the 2014 Festival, September 26-28, 2014 in Wingham, Ontario, home of the first Festival and short story competition, created by volunteers of the local Horticultural Society.

All contest entries had to be submitted on or before August 1, 2014.  Copies of each story are provided for the 3 person judging panel, with no personal information included so that the judging is completed without bias.  The final contestants will be notified in early September and invited to attend the Gala dinner at the Wingham Legion, to read excerpts from their stories and meet their fellow writers.  Workshops are offered on Saturday, September 27 as well as an open mike event called “Reading Aloud Allowed in Huron” at the heritage television studio in the CKNS Radio centre in Wingham.  Complete Festival weekend agenda information is available at the website:  www.alicemunrofestival.ca. 

Tickets can be purchased online. 

For more information, email alicemunrofestival@gmail.com or call 519-523-4328.