Mary Mackey Short Story Prize, $100 First Place

MaryMackey You are invited to enter the competition for the 2013 Mary Mackey Short Story Prize. Three years ago the National League of American PEN Women created the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize as part of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. This contest  is open to all writers, published and unpublished.  I judge the entries each year and am looking for well-crafted stories that are original and compelling. The winning stories must demonstrate a mastery of and love for the English language. They must move, not wallow. The characters need to be vivid, the dialogue convincing. Above all, something must happen. This need not be a grand event, but some change must take place: an event, a revelation, or perhaps an insight. Please do not submit your story until you have polished and revised it multiple times.

Guidelines for Mary Mackey Short Story Prize from the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition: Up to 5,000 words. One story per entry. The deadline is November 30th. First Prize is $100; Second Prize  $50; Third Prize $25. All prose works must be typed, double-spaced, page numbered, and paper-clipped. Please indicate word count on title page. Do not put your names on your manuscripts; instead, enclose one 3″ x 5″ card typed, affixed with a printed label or carefully hand-printed (if we can’t read your handwriting, there will be problems in our contacting you) with your name, address, phone, fax, email, and title(s) of work(s) and particular category/categories entered. Entries are sent to judges unidentified. Don’t use your real name if referring to yourself in your contest entry.

Please do not send your entries to Mary Mackey (or to Mary Mackey Short Story Prize). Mail all entries to:

The Webhallow House
1544 Sweetwood Drive
Broadmoor Village, CA 94015-2029

Please note: We do not accept electronic (e-mail), special delivery, certified, or registered entries

Category “Short Story” must be indicated on 3″ x 5″ card as well as on manuscript. You may enter as many categories in the Soul-Making Literary Competition as you wish and as many times as you wish but you may not enter the same work in more than one category, nor may you re-enter a work that has previously earned a Soul-Making Keats award.

Previously published works okay; however, those winning awards in prior Soul-Making categories may not be resubmitted. No mss will be returned; no substitutions or revisions of work will be accepted after initial submission.

Entries that do not adhere to the guidelines will be disqualified. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Winners will be announced and posted on our the Soul-Making Keats website early the following year.

Please enclose $5 per entry payable to NLAPW.

International entrants please send Travelers Check drawn on a USA bank.

Again, please send entries to:

The Webhallow House
1544 Sweetwood Drive
Broadmoor Village, CA 94015-2029

Questions? E-mail

Besides the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize, the Keats Soul-Making Literary Competition awards yearly prizes in the following categories: Poetry, Sonnet, Prose Poem, Flash Fiction, Memoir Vignette, Humor, Novel Excerpt, Inter-Cultural Essay, Creative Non-Fiction, Religious Essay,  Young Adult Poetry, and Young Adult Prose. An award ceremony honoring the winners is held in San Francisco each spring.



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