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Third Annual Short Fiction Competition Kicks Off Wordstock Book & Literary Festival

      Enter your short fiction in this year's Wordstock Festival for a chance to be published in Portland Monthly, as well as grabbing a $1,000 prize.

     "Entries must be less than 4,000 words, and will be accepted by mail only at 8536 SW St Helens Dr., Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2009. The entrance fee is $25 per submission. Visit www.wordstockfestival.com for complete guidelines.

     The national contest is a "double blind" competition, where neither the writers nor judges know the identity of other. The judges, a collection of writers, academics, publishers, bookstore owners, and literary critics, will choose 10 finalists. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and publication in the October 2009 issue of Portland Monthly magazine. All 10 finalists' stories will be published in The Wordstock Ten, an anthology available for purchase at the festival, Portland-area bookstores, and online at wordstockfestival.com. All entrants will receive a complimentary copy.

     The final judge for this year's competition will be Oregon essayist, author, and short-story writer Barry Lopez. Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundations, and many other honors, including the National Book Award."

-Greg Netzer

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