Short Story Writing Contest

2014 JUDGE




About the judge:
Rebecca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The City Is a Rising Tide and the story collection Bobcat and Other Stories (a finalist for The Story Prize). She has been published in The Atlantic and Zoetrope, and in 2001 she received a National Magazine Award for her short fiction. Originally from Saskatchewan, Lee is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is now a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The Little Bird Writing Contest is an annual, international contest I created exclusively for innovative, emerging short fiction writers.

It began in 2010, when I started posting writing prompts on Twitter.  Now you can get those prompts delivered to your inbox every day. This contest is built to showcase the excellent stories that come from these prompts.

The winning stories, selected by an author I respect and admire, are published in an annual short fiction anthology: The Little Bird Stories.

It’s not too early to begin writing for Little Bird 2014, which will open for submissions this spring.

Here’s what to do right now:

  1. Are you receiving my prompts? Good. If you haven’t done so already, sign up to have a confounding and irresistible writing prompt delivered to your inbox daily.
  2. Write. Get your story ready for this year’s contest. Under 2,500 words, please. Include, at the beginning of your story, the prompt that inspired it. Contest opens on May 1, 2014.
  3. Download the recording of the 2013 Little Bird Salon. Alix Ohlin and I spoke on the phone with over 250 writers and readers listening around the world. We answered questions sent in from our listeners, and chatted about what inspires us, how publication happens, what we think about revision, and more. It was an inspiring, practical, and thought-provoking conversation. Click here to access the recording (it’s free).
  4. Subscribe to Little Bird Stories, and read what winning writers did with prompts in previous years! A subscription gets you all of the published volumes right away, and you’ll get future anthologies fresh off the proverbial press every year, forever.

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Short Story collectionLittle Bird Stories Volume III

Contest Date: 2013

Stories selected by Alix Ohlin
Cover Design: Ryan Muscat
Winner: Leslie Greentree, for “The Room of Pickled Things”

Read the announcement on the blog


Little Bird Stories Volume II

Contest Date: 2012

Stories selected by Zsuzsi Gartner
Cover Design: Michel Vrana
Winner: Frances Phillips, for “No Street Called Crow”

Short Story Collection
Little Bird Stories Volume I

Contest Date: 2011

Stories selected by Matthew J. Trafford & Jessica Westhead
Cover Design: Carolyn McNeillie
Winner: Brittany Smith, for “Contrast Fluid”

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