This April, The Missing Slate is proud to announce its first paid writing competition.Â We are looking for work that is original, thoughtful, well-articulated and creative, with characters we can care about. Entries must be no longer than 10,000 words, be previously unpublished, and not be selected as a winner, finalist or honorable mention in another competition. These can include novel excerpts.Â You can submit fromÂ anywhere in the world â€“Â anything that expands our world view is welcomed.
Following on from the success of our Hallowe’en Writing Contest, we felt a wider competition targeting new voices, irrespective of geography was imminent. We are also charging a small $10 submissions fee, making thisÂ the first time we’re charging for anything. An important aspect of the prize is the cash prize is directly proportional to the number of submissions (with a guaranteed
$150Â $300 prize and increasing), so we’re essentially splitting our earnings.
$150$300 guaranteed cash prize; the higher the number of entries, the higher the cash prize.
- The winner will be published in our print anthology (mailed as a complimentary issue).
- The three runners up will be presented with ourÂ merchandiseÂ (a canvas bag of your choice and postcard packs), and be published in our print anthology.
- All entries will be considered for Story of the Week.
- Please be sure to include your contact information (email address, mailing address, and contact number).
- Please ensure your piece is original i.e. not previously published (or a winner, finalist or honorable mention for another competition). This will be carefullyÂ checked, so please ensure that this prerequisite is met.
- LabelÂ the attached Microsoft Word file as “Your Name â€“ TMS WritingÂ Competition 2014”.
- We publish inÂ Georgia 11pt, justified, no indentationsÂ withÂ 1.5â€³-2.0â€³ line spacing,Â and it would be helpful if you could format your submission the same way.
- You should include a third-person bio of around 50 words.
- Pay the $10 submissions fee.
Deadline: July 1, 2014 (midnight GMT)
- The writing competition will be judged by the senior editors ofÂ the magazine.
- The winner and runners-up will be announced by August 1, 2014.
- All writers who enter will be notified of the judges’ decisionsÂ â€“Â all decisions are final.