EIL Announces First Annual Fiction Contest


Escape Into Life is excited to announce its First Annual Fiction Contest, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. The contest features $500 in cash prizes and a cornucopia of goodies for its finalists. In short, this is one you’ll want to enter.

In addition to cash, five finalists will receive works by Escape Into Life artists and have their stories nominated for at least one nationally recognized award in 2012 (Best American, O’Henry, Pushcart, StorySouth, or Sundress). All finalists will have their stories published in upcoming issues of Escape Into Life. If that’s not enough, we’re throwing in some super-cool EIL t-shirts and our eternal gratitude. That’s a pretty good deal.

The winning story will receive $250. Second place will take $100, and the remaining finalists will receive $50 each.

The deadline for entering is January 7th 2012, and there is a $5 entry fee per story. While there is no minimum word count, the maximum is 10,000. We welcome submissions of flash fiction and creative nonfiction, but the entry fee remains $5 per story and all contest entries will be judged and published as fictional works. Stories must be previously unpublished.

All entries must be received via our online submissions manager, which is powered by Submishmash.

EIL staff and their family members are ineligible.