Esquire Short Short Fiction Contest 4

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All entries must be seventy-nine words, in honor of Esquire’s seventy-ninth birthday. We’re calling these short short stories Aspens. Ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop taught by Colum McCann, and a party. Grandprize winner receives a full scholarship for the advanced fiction workshop at Aspen Summer Words.

Esquire Short Short Fiction Contest


Country of Publication

Unknown United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

P Print PublicationOne-time contest.

Fiction Closed

G General
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionExactly 79 words.
Winner's Prize:
We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
OK No No Unknown NoText format submissions
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Last Updated:
02 Sep 2012
Date Added:
25 Jun 2012