Keeping up with the shorts: new markets, contests, celebrations, and more

Library Blogs for Teen Patrons: A handy list of blogs to use for promotion and to see what’s being read in teen lit.

-Celebrating the short story (a little late): May was National Short Story Month… Don’t worry–I missed it too. But it’s never too late to celebrate: check out this offering from NPR .

-For those of you who like to keep it brief, here’s a list of flash fiction markets (older YA through adult) from Flash Fiction Chronicles .

-England’s The Guardian asks: Is the short story really the novel’s poor relation?

-Along the same lines: Hunger Mountain’s Claire Guyton blogs: No, You Do NOT Have To Write A Novel: A Celebration of the Short Story and the Short Story Writer

Juniper Berry Story Contest (for ages 9-14): From the site — “Juniper Berry is a story about a girl trapped in a modern-day fairy tale: a world that is both terrifying and enticing. After you read the first two chapters, write your own story of terror and temptation in 500 to 1500 words. Make your story appropriate for kids. The first sentence should start with “Mother and father aren’t quite right.”

Contests and More Contests: Deadlines Coming Up Fast

March 31: Teen Voices’ 20 Under 20 Short Story Competition — “What does the word “twenty” mean to you? Write about anything that this word inspires in you. We’re especially interested in stories about growing up, succeeding, overcoming difficulty, and changing the world.” 

April 15: The Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers — “The Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers was created by the Seaman family in memory of their daughter and sister, a young poet. In 2010, the CAS Award acknowledges excellence in teen writing in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.”

May 1: Crucible Poetry and Fiction Competition — “The Crucible poetry and fiction competition is open to all writers. All entries must be completely original, must never have been published, must be in manuscript form, and must not be involved in other competitions.”

May 16: Jane Eyre Gothic Story Competition for Young Writers — “To celebrate the release of Jane Eyre, Vintage Books and Focus Features are pleased to present the Jane Eyre Gothic Story Competition for Young Writers. Enter by submitting your own gothic short story for the chance to win a trip for two to visit “Brontë Country,” in Yorkshire, England, including economy roundtrip airfare, four-star hotel accommodations for four nights, a trip to visit the Brontë sisters’ Parsonage, and a guided walking tour of Brontë Country.”