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.)


General criteria of the competition

  • Final closing date: 11:59 P.M. April 30, 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.

Appendix

  • 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
Ends on April 30, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
Please read general guidelines carefully.

Prepare your documents carefully: don't include your personal information in your paper - contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.

Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.

By entering the contest you confirm to having read and agreed to all the terms and conditions (under General Criteria of the Competition).
Ends on April 30, 2017$ 25.00
$ 25.00
Please read general guidelines carefully.

Prepare your documents carefully: don't include your personal information in your paper - contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.

Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.

By entering the contest you confirm to having read and agreed to all the terms and conditions (under General Criteria of the Competition).
Ends on April 30, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
Please read general guidelines carefully.

Prepare your documents: don't include your personal information in your paper - contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.

There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works.

By entering the contest you confirm to having read and agreed to all the terms and conditions (under General Criteria of the Competition).
Ends on April 30, 2017$ 25.00
$ 25.00
Please read general guidelines carefully.

Prepare your documents: don't include your personal information in your paper - contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.

Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

By entering the contest you confirm to having read and agreed to all the terms and conditions (under General Criteria of the Competition).
Ends on April 30, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
Please read general guidelines carefully.

Prepare your documents: don't include your personal information in your paper - contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.

Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

By entering the contest you confirm to having read and agreed to all the terms and conditions (under General Criteria of the Competition).