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Tom at Peirene shares with us their latest competition for short story writers. 

 “The only way a writer can satisfy his own curiosity is to write it. And how different this already makes from telling it! Suspense, pleasure, curiosity, are all bound up in the making of the written story.” – Eudora Welty

Short fiction, when done well, can be more powerful than any other form of writing; consider Hemingway’s famous six-word short: ‘For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.’ — any more detail, and  the story would collapse. The short story owes as much to what it doesn’t say as to what it does. To celebrate the annual Nanowrimo competition, Peirene is offering a writing opportunity for those who don’t want to commit to the creation of a novel; the 2012 Peirene Short Fiction Contest, PeiShoStoMo.

The winner will have their story published on the Peirene website, and
feature in our annual newspaper, alongside Peirene’s illustrious list of
world-famous authors. They will also receive a subscription to the 2013 Peirene Press ‘Turning Point’ series. Two runners up will also have their stories published on the website and in the newspaper.
Entries can be submitted via Circalit  or Readwave from November 1st; the deadline for entries is midnight on November 30th. Winners will be announced in the January newsletter.

More details at
Or follow the competition on Twitter #PeiShoStoMo

Peirene Press specializes in publishing contemporary European novellas that are both succinct and beautifully written. See our full list of
titles here:

 “When I was a young boy, they called me a liar. Now that I’m all grown
up, they call me a writer.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer


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