2 fun, free writing contests!

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Medusa’s Laugh Press is currently actively seeking work for the following anthologies. Submissions are open until June 15th. There is no entry fee, maximum of three entries per person, per call. More information can be found on our website, http://www.medusaslaugh.com/.

  • Cadavre Exquis Anthology: “Exquisite Corpse” is the name of a part game re/invented by Surrealists. It is a collaborative activity in which multiple players contribute to a short literary text or visual image. In the text version, the first player writes some text at the top of a piece of paper, and then folds the paper over to conceal all but the last bit of writing. The next player adds to the piece, starting from the visible fragment. Each subsequent player writes something connected to whatever the previous player has left showing, and then conceals all but the final part of their section in this way. The game ends when all players have contributed, and the final work is read aloud. The game can also be played to produce a visual image.

    Medusa’s Laugh continues this tradition via this call for submissions. Use the first and last sentence provided below for a short work of fiction or poetry. The word limit is 2,000 words; works longer than that will not be considered. Other than the required opening/closing text, there is no limit on genre, writing style, length, or thematic elements. The more creative and playful, the better!

    Beginning Sentence: I have forgotten my umbrella.
    End Sentence: They are not shouting at the moment.

  • Miniature Book MicroText Anthology: We seek compelling short works for this anthology of microfiction, micro creative nonfiction and very short poems. This work will be produced as a limited edition miniature book. Our absolute word limit for this anthology is 1,000 words, although shorter works are preferred. There is no theme for this anthology, and all genres and approaches are welcome.

    We agree with microfiction writer Joseph Young when he decribes microfiction as work that “need[s] to use language, description, dialogue, character to tell a story that can’t be told any other way. It’s not just compression, and it’s not just leaving things out, background info on characters or such. Microfiction needs to carve out whole worlds in a space small enough to fit the eye. You look, just once, and there the whole story is, on the page.” This description applies to the kind of writing we’d like to publish, whether it be fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

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