PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
What it is:
A postcard story starts not with words, but an image. The image can be from a store, an online resource, your own creativity or received in the mail. Find a postcard that inspires you and inspires a story. A short story.
How it works:
1) Send us a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image.
2) If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons.
3) The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words.
Visit our postcard story archive for more examples of notable stories.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $150
All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com
Honourable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts and publication on geist.com
Entry Fee: $20
Includes a one-year subscription to Geist, Canada's favourite literary magazine. International entrants will receive the digital edition.
All additional entries are $5.
How to enter:
ONLINE: Click here. You will be prompted to upload your story, image and pay your entry fee.
BY MAIL: Send your postcard story, attached to the image with a paper clip (no staples, please), with a cover letter, $20 entry fee and note about how you found out about the contest to:
Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest
210-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Please note that judging is blind, so ensure your name doesn't appear on the story or the postcard.
Entries without an accompanying cover letter or entry fee will not be accepted.
Good luck and happy writing!
NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.
Still unsure? Please email email@example.com or call 604-681-9161 with your queries.
THE FINE PRINT
Winning entries: Geist takes first serial rights for print and non-exclusive electronic rights to post the text and image at geist.com. All other rights remain with the author.
All publication rights for non-winning entries are retained by the entrants.
Postcards will be returned only if requested.
Geist contests are open to all entrants except Geist staff, contract employees, board members and executives of the Geist Foundation.