The Little Bird Writing Contest is NOW OPEN!



Starting now, you have one month to submit your story to the Little Bird Contest.

The purpose of this contest, as always, is to get you to have fun with your craft.

Let yourself try something that feels interesting.

Try not to take the whole thing too seriously: enjoy yourself.

Write something that you want to read.

Be visionary, be weird, be brave.

Write without without knowing what will happen.

You have one whole month! This is a tight deadline, but not too tight: you have plenty of time to write a short story.

Submit your story before May 1st. Send it before you talk yourself out of it.

Ready? Here is your prompt:

Write a story that starts with an ending. Give your character an unusual watch, use the words “striped” and “innovative” somewhere, and end your story with fruit.

Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves, will be reading all of the submissions, and picking the winners this summer.

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 12th at noon ET: you’ll definitely want to be on the Little Bird Salon live call with Cherie! If that time doesn’t work for you, you can also submit your question for Cherie ahead of time, and I’ll email you the recording.

Winners receive $1500 in prizes, plus publication in this year’s anthology.

Full contest details are right here.

Good luck!


Photo credit: Jason Hafso on Unsplash.

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How to Write An Ending.


Hi Victor, The fee to submit a story for the contest is $25. You can submit it here: Best of luck!
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Victor Arias

I have never taken the writing course and would like to take it sometime. For the contest, is there a fee to participate and if so, how much? where is the story needs to be submitted? Thanks!
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