STL Scribblers Digest: August/September 2016


8/20 (Sat) – Campfire. Working with a team of designers and public speaking coaches, one storyteller will create an immersive retelling of a seminal moment in his/her life. St. Louis Public Library – Central. Doors open at 10 am, event starts at 10:30 am. Free! Refreshments before and after!

9/8 (Thu) – Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir. St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 7 pm.

9/11 (Sun) – ZMG Books Presents Lyrics and Laughter. The Signature Room, 5:30 pm. Featuring poets KJ, Edward B., and Ayent, comedienne Mama Dee, singer/actor Sieglinda Fox, special guest Angelo “Sax” Shaw, and host, author/speaker Sinita Wells. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

9/14 (Wed) – Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad. St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 7 pm.

9/19 (Mon) – River Styx’s David Clewell (Almost Nothing to Be Scared Of), David Thomas Martinez (Hustle), and Justin Phillip Reed (A History of Flamboyance). Contemporary Art Museum, 7:30 pm.



Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award. $2000 prize, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue for a short story of 300 to 3000 words. $16 entry fee. Deadline August 31st.

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. $1000 prize and publication in Gemini Magazine. Submit a story of up to 1000 words with a $5 entry fee ($4 for each additional entry). Deadline August 31st.

Dogwood Literary Prize. $1000 prize and publication in Dogwood. Submit up to three poems of up to 10 pages or up to 22 pages in prose (short story or essay) with a $10 entry fee. Deadline September 5th.

Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards. Three winners will each receive $500 and full tuition, airfare, and lodging to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshop Program in January 2017 in Key West, Florida. Submit 5 to 7 poems, a short story of up to 22 pages, or an excerpt of a novel in progress of no more than 30 pages with a cover letter, a letter of recommendation, and contact information for two references. No entry fee. Deadline September 12th.

Red Hen Press Quill Award. $1000 prize and publication by Red Hen Press given annually for a book of prose by a queer writer. Celeste Gainey to judge. Submit a story or essay collection, memoir, or novel of at least 150 pages with a $5 entry fee. Deadline September 15th.

Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest. $3000 first-place prize and publication in Real Simple. Second-place prize $750, third-place prize $500. Write an essay of up to 1500 words on this theme: “What was the most dramatic change you ever had to make?” No entry fee. Deadline September 19th.

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