Inaugural Fiction Contest With Caitlin Horrocks and Passages North!

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:44pm -- Josh

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is thrilled to announce our inaugural Short Story Contest with final judge Caitlin Horrocks.  The winning story, in addition to being celebrated at a special reading hosted by GLCL in October, will be published in Passages North in January of 2014.


Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the story collection, This Is Not Your City.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories 2011, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009, The Pushcart Prize XXXV, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story and elsewhere.  Her work has won numerous awards, including the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences.  Currently, Caitlin is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University and the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review.  She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the writer W. Todd Kaneko.



1. Submissions must be original, unpublished works of fiction. There is no minimum, but maximum word count is 6,000.

2. Submissions will be accepted ONLINE ONLY from May 1 – June 30, 2013.  Submit here:

3. The entry fee per submission is $10.00.  In addition to granting entry into the writing contest with the chance to have your story selected for publication in Passages North by Caitlin Horrocks, your $10.00 fee also helps GLCL host more author events, writing workshops, and book launches.  There is no limit to the number of entries a writer may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate $10.00 fee.

4. We DO accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that the writer notify us immediately if their story is accepted for publication or receives an award elsewhere.

5. Please DO NOT put your name or other identifying information on the entry; this contest is judged in blind fashion.

6. The winner will be announced at a special reading and celebration hosted by GLCL on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 7:30pm.  The winning story will be published in the January 2014 issue of Passages North.

7.  You do not need to be from the Great Lakes region in order to enter our contest.  We are happy to introduce the Great Lakes literary community to the winning writer, who will thereafter have a wonderful connection to our part of the world.

8. Questions?  Contact GLCL at

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