Aspen Writers Contest


The greatest short short of all time is of course Hemingway’s: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” The art of the short short is to compress yet not lose narrative power. It is closer to poetry than it is to fiction. Everything matters. Just a simple paragraph break can have enormous narrative consequences. This is not a Twitter game. This is the search for a white star of language.

Entries must be 78 words, in honor of Esquire’s seventy-eighth birthday. We’re calling these short shorts “Aspens.”

Ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop taught by Colum McCann, followed by an exclusive evening literary salon. The grand prize winner will receive a full-paid scholarship for the advanced fiction workshop during Aspen Summer Words (June 17-22, 2012).

All entries due by Oct 7, 2011. Must be submitted electronically at

To learn more about this contest, please visit


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: