Friday 14 August 2015



In order to promote a wide audience for literature and encourage fine writing, the Drapers Guild announces its Perpetual Short Story Contest.

The contest will be judged by Samuel Reifler, the eminent author of October Snow, whose work has been translated into five languages and whose fiction has appeared in numerous periodicals including Esquire, Harper's Bazaarand New Directions. The story judged the best, out of every fifteen we receive, will win $100, and will be published on the Drapers Guild website.

The Drapers Guild Short Story Prize will be awarded to the best story, in Mr. Reifler's judgment, of the first fifteen we receive. Any stories received after the first fifteen will be entered in the next round of fifteen.

Rules: Stories may be any length. However, the longer the story is, the more engaging it must be for Mr. Reifler to read it from beginning to end.

The contest is sponsored in part by the United Front for the Revival of Neo-Classicism, therefore stories will be judged somewhat more on form than on content -- unless the content makes Mr. Reifler laugh or cry, in which case form will take a back seat.

To enter via snail mail:
Send your story to:
Samuel Reifler
The Drapers Guild
c/o Rhinebeck Records LLC
142 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
The entry fee for each story sent by mail is $10. With your submission enclose a check or money order made out to Rhinebeck Records LLC.
Be sure to include your name and contact information on the title page. Stories should be page-numbered, with the title of the story and the name of the author on each page. If you include an e-mail address, we will acknowledge receipt of your submission via e-mail.
(Winners whose story was submitted by snail mail will be asked to e-mail a digital version, so it can be published on our website.)

To enter via e-mail:
E-mail your story -- either in the body of your e-mail or as an MS-Word attachment (no PDF files please) -- to :
The entry fee for each e-mailed story is $12.50, paid via PayPal.
Make your PayPal payments to:
Be sure to include the title(s) of the submitted story or stories in the message section of your PayPal payment.
We will acknowledge receipt of your story submission and PayPal payment via e-mail.

(We have no arrangements for author anonymity, but friends, acquaintances, and writers we already have heard of will not receive special consideration.)
It is not necessary to provide us with biographical information or a list of previous publications. Each story will be judged on its own merits.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Denkof Zwemmen.

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