So many possibilities ...

New contests for April, May announced; L'attitude web site coming soon

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

We got so many submissions for the March issue of L'attitude that we're holding some over until next month. We're also offering new contests for April's edition, and its likely we'll expand out of 2-D.

L'attitude's future is looking more exciting than ever.

Our monthly fiction contest was won this month by Brice Habeger. His story "The Dreamcatcher" is on pages 4-5.

That's a contest we plan to make ongoing. Brice is the first winner, but maybe you can give other writers a run for their (literal) money by writing and submitting a story of 1,500 words or less. The winner gets $125. If you don't win the first time, don't get discouraged! It doesn't mean your piece isn't good. Case in point for this month is "B. Looney," by Richard Stokes. His understated description of a bizarre scenario made me laugh out loud. The contest is monthly - so try, try again. As editors, writers and readers, we're just excited about reading all the great work we know you creative people have in your heads, your notebooks and your computers.

We'll also be holding a special fiction contest for May (the L'attitude after next.) Submit a work of between 600 and 800 words by our April 21 deadline. The only requirement - other than it must be a work of fiction - is that it begin with the following words: "They untied the boat."

First place in this contest wins $75, second wins $50, and third wins $25. All winners will be published. Multiple submissions are okay - as is submitting as soon as today. Just make sure you get your entry in by the deadline!

But wait, there's more.

We'll also be holding a regular monthly contest for cover art. If your photo appears on the cover of April's L'attitude you'll receive $60.

James Shewmake, though he may not have known he was entering (neither did we, until we saw one of his photos and loved it) won $60 and the cover of L'attitude this month.

This is a contest open to photographers and artists. James' submission blurs the line between the two. The only requirement is that your photo or art show some aspect of or in some way represent Southeast Alaska.

Also, we're tossing a few ideas around and we'd like your feedback. What do you think of quarterly readings of poetry and other creative works by poets and writers whose work is published in L'attitude? Or a First Friday show featuring the work of some of our published artists and photographers? We'd love to hear what you think, and if you have other ideas. Just e-mail editor@juneauempire.com or me at maryc.martin@juneauempire.com. We should have a Web site and a corresponding L'attitude-specific e-mail address up and running soon - watch with bated breath for updates in the daily paper.

Thanks for reading, submitting and publishing. Hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.



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