OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Neil Smith grew up in the United States and Canada and now lives in Montreal. Smith published his debut collection, Bang Crunch, with Knopf Canada in 2007 and Vintage Books in 2008. It was chosen as a best book of the year by the Washington Post and The Globe and Mail. Writer Michel Faber wrote in The Guardian that the book had a “rare fusion of thematic boldness, humor, gravity, empathy, maturity, and first-rate prose.”
His second book, a novel called Boo, will be published in May 2015 by Vintage in the United States, William Heinemann in Britain, and Knopf in Canada. The book is narrated by a young science geek named Oliver Dalrymple who finds himself in a heaven reserved exclusively for thirteen-year-olds. Already, Boo is slated to be translated into seven different languages.
THE LITTLE BIRD SALON
In February 2015, I sat down to speak with Neil Smith, and in just under an hour we covered a breadth of topics, including what he’s looking for in the contest entries this year — and his answers might surprise you. Neil also offered to share his top short story recommendations, especially for Little Bird contestants. Find his recommendations on his Facebook page to read and study as you work on your story.
Enter your information below to listen to this year’s Little Bird Salon.
First runner up: $250
Second runner up: $250
The three winning stories will be published in Little Bird Stories Vol. V.
Each submission will be entered into a draw to win full scholarship to The Story Intensive.
Submit your story now!
- Keep your stories short – under 2,500 words, please.
- Stories must be double-spaced and submitted as a .pdf or .doc file.
- Your story should not have your name anywhere on it: only put your name on the submission form.
- At the beginning of the story, please include the daily prompt that inspired you (this prompt must be used in the story).
- There is a $25 submission fee per story.
- You may enter as many times as you like.
- When you submit your story, your name is automatically entered in a draw to win a full scholarship to The Story Intensive this September. Each submission counts as a separate chance to win.
- Submission Deadline: 9pm EDT on April 5th, 2015.
- Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2015.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
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. Put the deadline in your calendar, and go get your story ready for the contest.
3. Read Deep Revision, my free series of writing tutorials. Do the homework: it will help you rewrite your story draft to make sure it’s the best it can be.
4. Read Little Bird Stories to see what the winning writers did with prompts in Vols. I, II, III and IV.
5. Ready? Submit your story below!