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Submissions Accepted June 1 to July 29, 2022
To submit your story, you will need to create a Short Edition account. Due to technical difficulties, the deadline for submissions has been extended to July 29th.
The Center for Fiction is once again partnering with The Decameron Project for a National Teen Storyteller Contest. Young writers, ages 13-18, are encouraged to submit their best work on the theme of Community Solidarity for a chance to win publication to our Short Story Dispenser, online publication on both our website and The Decameron Project’s website, and more!
One of the most prominent themes of Toni Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved, is community. The evils of slavery destroyed families and isolated people from their communities. The characters in Beloved form their own communities for support and the theme is explored beautifully throughout. We invite young writers to explore the theme of Community Solidarity in original short fiction. The theme can be broadly interpreted or in direct response to the novel Beloved. The stories should be between 300-1000 words. Submit your story through our Short Edition portal by clicking on the Register button above between June 1st and July 29th, 2022. Winners will be announced in August!
The three winning stories will be uploaded and available through our Short Story Dispenser, located in our Bookstore, in addition to being published on The Center for Fiction and Decameron Project websites. Winners will also receive a Bookstore Gift Card and a Center for Fiction Tote Bag.
- The first-place winner will receive $100 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.
- The second-place winner will receive $75 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.
- The third-place winner will receive a $50 Bookstore Gift Card and a CFF tote bag.
Final decisions regarding winners and finalists will be made by The Center for Fiction staff. The Center for Fiction reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entries that do not follow the contest rules or contain lewd, obscene, defamatory, or hateful content.
By Toni Morrison
Published by Knopf Doubleday
An unflinching look into the abyss of slavery from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
About The Decameron Project
The Decameron Project is a student-run, NYC-based nonprofit that aims to empower students to express themselves creatively and share their stories amidst school closures and other hardships posed by COVID-19.
About this series
National Teen Storyteller Contest
We partnered with the Decameron Project, a student-run nonprofit that aims to empower students to express themselves creatively and share their stories, even amidst school closures and other hardships posed by COVID-19.
Indie Press Summer Fridays
Once a week Fridays, 4:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT July 8 to August 26, 2022
45:15 at The Center
Saturday, 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT July 9, 2022
BYOBook: A Quiet Happy Hour for Readers
Monday, 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT July 11, 2022
The Center for Fiction Presents: Morgan Talty on Night of the Living Rez with Ashleigh Bell Pedersen
Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT July 12, 2022
A Reading with the 2021-2022 Emerging Writer Fellows
Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT July 13, 2022
Hobby Hour: Crafts + Craft Cocktails
Sunday, 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT July 17, 2022
Author/Editor: Taymour Soomro on Other Names for Love with Mitzi Angel
Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT July 19, 2022
The Craft of Fiction: Charles Baxter on Wonderlands with Joshua Henkin
Thursday, 7:00 pm EDT July 21, 2022
Crime/Scene: Bone-Chilling Novels for Hot Summer Days with Ed Lin, Megan Miranda, Dwyer Murphy, and Kathy Reichs
Thursday, 7:00 pm EDT July 28, 2022