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Paris Lit Up Shorts Contest

Paris Lit Up Shorts Contest

Paris Lit Up is after your best short stories. We’re holding a writing contest, shortlisted by our team of rabid avid readers and judged by the esteemed short story writer Shannon Cain. We’re looking for stories on absolutely anything: any style, any genre, and any topic. Anything goes – as long as you wrote it.

You can send as many entries as you like but each story costs 10 euros to submit. Minimum word count is 2000, maximum 8000, and we’re asking if you could send your submissions in doubled-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman. This is to avoid any bias against entries written in Comic Sans. We’ll be reading blind so, to make our lives easier and the competition fairer, the document you submit should only include a title and a story – no mention of the author on the pages. Just put your name in the submission notes. Also, you should send it in .docx, .doc, .odt or .txt formats, otherwise we might not be able to read them, which would be a waste of ten euros and a good story.

The grand prize is not only a wallet-pleasing 1000 euros, but the winning entry will also be published, along with the 4 runners-up, by Paris Lit Up Press. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2015 at 12h Paris time. The 20 story shortlist will be announced on May 1st, 2015. The winner and runner ups will be announced on May 31th, 2015.

Shannon CainOur shortlist judge Shannon Cain has taught fiction writing at the University of Leipzig, the University of Arizona, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Arizona State University, and most recently as a core faculty member in the MFA program at Bennington College. In 2012 she organized The Santa Rita Writers’ Workshop. Her first book, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, won the 2011 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the largest cash award in the U.S. for an unpublished collection of stories. Her work also has been awarded the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcarts, and a fellowship from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, the French government awarded her a 3-year Skills and Talents visa in the arts. In 2013 and 2014, Shannon’s current and former clients published six books; placed twenty-three stories or poems in literary journals; won four national writing contests, were accepted into two MFA programs, and completed one postgraduate fellowship.



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PLU Shorts: Short story contest, shortlisted by Paris Lit Up Press – winner & four runners up judged by Shannon Cain according the Code of Ethics here below.

Entry fee: 10€ per entry, unlimited entries

Requirements: 2000 word minimum/8,000 word maximum. Double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman. .docx, .doc, .odt or .txt formats – no name

First prize: 1000€ and publication by Paris Lit Up Press

Runners up: Top 4 runners up published by Paris Lit Up Press

Shortlist judge: Shannon Cain

Deadline: February 28th @ 12h

Submissions here:


Contest Ethics Code

Paris Lit Up Shorts adheres to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics and uses a blind judging system to evaluate submissions.

  • All identifying information about the author is removed from the manuscript and subsequently assigned a unique number.
  • Manuscripts, only identifiable by the assigned number, are first read by four Paris Lit Up Press staff, affirming that they have no knowledge of who authored the manuscripts.
  • A shortlist of the top 20 stories is then forwarded to the contest coordinator, Shannon Cain who will then select a winner and four top entries.
  • We vow to conduct this contest as ethically as possible. If you have any concerns regarding this matter, either before, or after the winners have been announced, please contact us directly at info [at]
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