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C Note 

C-Note:   A short story contest celebrating 100 years of modern short stories in the public domain.

 O'Connor, Hemmingway, Hawthorn, Gilman, Poe, Irving, Sayers, Fitzgerald, Wilde, Wells, Maupassant, Henry, Doyle, Woolf, Lovecraft, Forster, London, Akutawawa, Lang, Howard, Wallace, Kipling, and more

The originators of today's modern story storm form created the literary genre we love today, but often they are out of copyright. Some forgotten gems lie ready to be dusted off and put back on the shelf. Let's celebrate short stories in the public domain by updating, editing, altering, or celebrating one of your favorite modern tales. Join in this time travel call for short fiction that speaks to both past and present.

 Creativity. Let it happen. Let's think about the authors of the past and who we are today. How are we alike? What is easier. Fast forward. Re-tell that same story today.

The top 12 finalists will be published in a short story collection with Flying Ketchup Press.

 Guidelines for each Entry: All work must be original and submitted by the author. If you are previously published, and you have retained rights, include the publication note and date of former serial publication. All references to public domains must be copyright free. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work may be read by our judges anonymously. Your story must be preceded by the inclusion of the title and a short summary of the public domain work it was inspired by. We prefer stories that are under 8000 words.

How do we decide which stories we select for this publication? Stories will be evaluated on character development, setting, engaging plot, contemporary style and dialogue, and a graceful re-entry into the 21st century.

How many stories can you submit? You may submit three. All documents uploaded must be named: Author Last Name_Author First Name_Short Title_Cnote.

How many times can You submit? As many as you like.

How long is your process? You should hear back from us within 3 to 6 months. Publishing a book takes at least a year with developmental editing, layout, copy editing, illustrating, and line editing.


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