Congratulations to everyone who submitted! We will announce the winners on May 5th, 2015. In the meantime, click here to subscribe to the Little Bird Stories so you can read some of the past years’ winning entries, and receive Little Bird Stories V as soon as it is released!
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.
First runner up: $250
Second runner up: $250
Bonus prize won by a draw: Full scholarship to The Story Intensive
As well, the winning stories, selected by an author I respect and admire, are published in an annual short fiction anthology: The Little Bird Stories.
OUR 2015 JUDGE
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.
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Contest Date: 2014
Stories selected by Rebecca Lee
Cover Design: Ryan Muscat
Winner: Rachel Ball, for “Woman In a Drawer”
Contest Date: 2013
Stories selected by Alix Ohlin
Cover Design: Ryan Muscat
Winner: Leslie Greentree, for “The Room of Pickled Things”
Contest Date: 2012
Stories selected by Zsuzsi Gartner
Cover Design: Michel Vrana
Winner: Frances Phillips, for “No Street Called Crow”
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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