Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for:

  • Best Short Story
  • Best Poem
  • Best Essay
// Open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages.
// +5000 in total prizes. (Click here to learn more about awards.)

Important Announcement: The deadline to enter Hourglass Literary Magazine‚Äôs International Writing competition has been extended to May 31st! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

General criteria of the competition

  • Submission window is open until 11:59 P.M. May 31, 2017 (US Central time).
  • Jury/Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
  • The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
  • Authors who write in BCMS may submit their entries in Latin or Cyrillic script.
  • By participating in the contest of the Hourglass Literary Magazine authors agree that their work which they submitted in the contest is to be published in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine (in print and digital form).
  • Short stories, essays and poems by writers who write in English will be translated in one of the BCMS languages and vice versa.
  • Participants retain the copyright of their works.
  • Names of finalists will be published on the Internet at: www.hourglassonline.org and/or the Hourglass Monthly Newsletter and also through our media sponsor (ELTA TV) at the official press conference scheduled for July 2017.
  • Works can be sent in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt and .pdf format, with font size not exceeding 12 points.
  • Contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.
  • Please prepare your text document(s) accordingly to avoid disqualification. The document should only contain the name and text of the story, poem(s), essay. Personal details should be included in the Cover letter of the submission tool.
  • Participants at any time may contact the editorial office via email: editors {at} hourglassonline.org.
  • "Manifesto" of the literary magazine can be found here.
  • To learn more about past contest results please follow this link.


  • Due to colossal differences in regional (BCMS) and international (more specifically English-speaking area) standards, all shortlisted  authors (including the winners), will be contacted separately regarding the contract via e-mail or phone before we commence work on the inaugural issue of Hourglass Literary Magazine.

Official Website 

Hourglass Literary Magazine