SAA Archives Short Fiction Contest 2018

When you work in archives, you collect many stories from the past—some touching, some hilarious, some unbelievable but true. With the Archives Short Fiction Contest, the SAA Publications Board invites you to try your hand at creating the story, using archives as the main character. The contest is open to all members of SAA.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • The story must feature an archives, an archivist, or archival materials.
  • Stories must be no more than 3,000 words in length and must be submitted in MS Word.
  • One submission per entrant.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of three archivists (to be determined by the SAA Publications Board), who will select a winner.
  • Winner will receive a cash prize of $250. The winning entry will be published in Archival Outlook and as a featured item on the SAA website.
  • Author retains copyright but grants permission to SAA to publish winning entry.

CFP: Shhhh…Murder!

Okay, this is not scholarly but too fun not to pass along. Though stated for librarians, I’m sure archivists can also submit.

Shhhh… Murder!

Scheduled for release in late spring of next year and timed for summer reading, this anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries.

The submission period for this anthology runs from November 1st to February 28th, upon the last stroke of midnight, Pacific Standard Time.

We are looking for stories from 2500 to 5000 words, but will consider stories outside that range, at our discretion. Contributors will share equally fifty percent of the royalties received. We expect between fifteen and twenty stories to be accepted and are aiming at a volume length of around eighty-five thousand words, and around two-hundred and thirty pages—all dependent, obviously, upon the length of the material chosen.

We will accept work previously published, provided it was not published after May of 2017, and that you hold the rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, with the usual proviso that we should be notified should the work be accepted elsewhere, so that we may withdraw it from consideration.

Submissions and questions may be sent to submissions@darkhousebooks.com.

Here are some manuscript formatting tips.