We’ve heard it all before — you think you can write so well, better than the sludge you muddle through in these pages, better than most of what you’re forced to read in middle America. But you’ve got no audience, you’re too busy to put your stuff out there. Well, here’s your chance. Whether you dig for dialogue, spy on your friends and family for material or lock yourself in a closet to write esoteric poetry — Metro Times invites you to show off your talent. Every year we hold a summer contest for fiction and poetry and publish the winners in a special issue of the paper.
This year we’re offering a new category: poetry about Detroit, the city of. Whether you live in or out of its borders, it’s a powerful force, rich in potential for literary contemplation.
Rules: Submit three photocopies of each entry. DO NOT put your name on the entries. Write a letter of the alphabet of your choice on each copy of your entry and put the same letter on a cover letter. On the cover letter, write your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Do not send original manuscripts; they will not be returned. Keep a copy of your entry on a disk or on your home computer so that it can be e-mailed for publication should you win. Include $5 with each entry; make check or money order out to Metro Times. Do not send cash. First-, second- and third-place winners for each category will be selected. A selection of winners will be published in the Aug. 25 special Summer Fiction Issue of Metro Times (both online and in print). Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
Take the challenge: Tell the best story in 150 words or less (rule strictly enforced). Limit 3 flash fiction entries per person; each story will be judged separately.
Short stories and excerpts from novels, not to exceed 2,500 words. One entry per person.
Detroit is a living poem. Give us your best translation, not to exceed 500 words. No more than two entries per person.