June 24, 2013

Fiction Contest: Summer 2013

Fiction Contest: Summer 2013

We’re holding a contest!

The cover image for our July/August 2013 issue (click on the thumbnail at right for larger view) was lost for 80 years. It bore the simple inscription “Soldiers at Omsk Train Station,” yet it seems to us to contain huge potential for a short story. It was, after all, taken in late 1918, as Russia lurched from World War to Civil War, from monarchy to proletarian dictatorship. What is this man’s story?

So we are sponsoring a short story contest. Here are the rules.

  1. All stories must be submitted in electronic format, via email (with text or MS Word attachment) to [email protected]
  2. Stories may be a maxium of 500 words. Maximum two entries per person.
  3. Stories must be submitted in English. All entries must include entrant’s full name, address, and email address.
  4. Stories will be judged on their literary merit and on how well they interpret or are inspired by the cover image for this issue, or the full image printed on page 28. Judges’ decisions will be final. Judges may decide that there are no winners to the contest or multiple winners.
  5. Stories may not have been previously published in any form.
  6. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013, at midnight Eastern Time. Winners will be announced in the November/December issue of the magazine.
  7. No one associated with the magazine by employment or by relation is eligible for participation in the contest. Freelance article authors are eligible.
  8. By submitting an entry to the contest, you agree to have your essay published without compensation, should you be chosen by the judges as a winner.

The cover image is actually only part of the full image. Subscribers to the print edition will see the full image in the opening spread of the article on John Rahill's Magic Lantern. You do not, however, need to be a subscriber to Russian Life to partake in the contest. Here is a web resolution version of the image to give non-subscribers a better idea of all it includes.


The chief prize for winning this contest is seeing your story published in a future issue of Russian Life. But we are also sweetening the pot. Winners will receive a box full of Russian Life swag, meaning books and other goodies, valued at between $50 and $100.

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