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Short Short Contest

Literal Latté
Short Short Contest

  • First Prize
    $500

Contest Guidelines

  1. Send unpublished shorts. 2,000 words max. All styles welcome.
  2. Postmark by June 30th.
  3. Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  4. If by regular “snail mail” post: include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or email address for reply.
  5. Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 3 Shorts — OR —
    $15 Reading Fee per set of 6 Shorts.
  6. All entries considered for publication.

All currency above given in US dollars.

We are now accepting online submissions via Submittable! Click the button below to visit our Submittable page.

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Snail-Mail Submissions:  Reading fees — by check or money order — should be made out to Literal Latté and included with your entry manuscript.) Mail to:

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New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532

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Literal Latte Short Short Contest Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

Spring 2011 Issue

And The Catafalques Are All Empty By Marc Harshman

Winner, 2010 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
I am already dreaming about you, Russell Edson, wondering where you are, if you’re still tinkering with the language, leaving surprise packets in the unguarded provinces of our groins…

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Fall 2009 Issue

Escape By John Shea

Honorable Mention, 2009 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
We’ve been told to escape. We’ve been told not to expect assistance, given the circumstances. We’ve been told that the enemy is not merely closer but is inside….

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Fall 2009 Issue

Virgin Flight 244, Chicago to Heathrow By M. M. De Voe

Winner, 2009 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
In airborne darkness, the pain of birth. She grabs her neck just above the locket and feels the pointy head of a small creature…

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Spring 2009 Issue

Whu Rllaey Worte Bradbury: A Coqiluloum By Terry Hertzler

Winner, 2008 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
Fleolw hisortnais & sekrees ov tutrh, wocelme tu the beuiftaul becheas ov Devenr on the Ilse ov Coralodo! Snice tihs coqiluloum iz metineg tu dicusss mteatrs ov sifancgniice tu ar cunontiing msisoin ov hisortcail rveceroy[…]

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Spring 2009 Issue

These Hundred Trills By Rachel May

Winner, 2008 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
The wrong road, I had to drive three hours north, through nothing: flat land, no trees, ripples of air against the pavement, toward the horizon, where there was more of nothing. Only the slightest arch to the land, anywhere. No cars. No trees.

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July 2007 Issue

Desert Vacation By Brent Robison

Winner, 2006 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
The sky is one shade of blue, horizon to horizon. It’s glossy and hard, a vast overturned bowl of fine china baked to brilliant sapphire. Under it, a broken line of humans stretches long and thin across the flats, then bunches thick at steep places where footing is treacherous.

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