$1,000 prize, publication, residency and manuscript review
The Bear Deluxe is excited to present the 2013-14 Doug Fir Fiction Award. We are pleased to welcome Lidia Yuknavitch as this year’s judge and to have Hawthorne Books and Ashland Creek Press as new partners along with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Read our call for submissions and complete guidelines here.
Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents:
The Doug Fir Fiction Award
Every Story Begins Somewhere
Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology*, national publication and manuscript review
Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration
Deadline: September 3, 2013 (postmark)**
Award Judge (2012-13): Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.
Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books
(Note: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)
Entry Fee: $15
Word limit: 5,000
The Bear Deluxe magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.
*Online submissions: Online payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to email@example.com with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award). See preferred formats below. SPECIAL NOTE: We are currently working to fix the online payment/contribution link. You can email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and send a check to Orlo/Bear Deluxe, 810 SE Belmont #5, Portland, OR 97214, or email your story before the deadline and we will notify you once the payment link is repaired. Stories received before the deadline without payment will not be disqualified from the award. Thanks for your patience.
About the judge: Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. The Chronology of Water won the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice 2012 and the PNBA Award 2012. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Forms At War, Wreckage of Reason. She teaches writing, literature, film, and women’s studies in Oregon.
Past judges: Katherine Dunn, Jon Raymond, Rivka Galchen, Jim Lynch, Gina Ochsner, Brian Doyle
The Doug Fir Fiction Award welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.
If you are not familiar with the Bear Deluxe, sample copies of issue #34 (in which the winner of the 2012-13 winner appears), #32 (in which the 2010-11 winner appears) are available through mail for $5 each at the address below. Issue #29 (including the 2008 award winner and one finalist) and issue #26 (including the 2007 winner and two finalists) are available for $5 each as well. When requesting sample copies, indicate your preferred issues.
Simultaneous submissions are not permitted. Multiple submissions are allowed but must be mailed separately with separate entry fees. Upon acceptance, Orlo and The Bear Deluxe Magazine assume first-time publishing rights and Web-publishing rights for the period of one year following print publication.
About the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology Residency Program
The Sitka Center offers workshops, residencies and community events, while maintaining a facility appropriate to its needs in harmony with its inspirational coastal environment near Cascade Head and the Salmon River estuary. Along with the $1,000 cash prize, award organizers are partnering with the Sitka Center to offer a writer’s residency of up to 10 weeks to the winning author. Due to Sitka’s residency program structure, you must be able to participate in the whole residency time period of 3 1/2 months. There are two residency periods per year: October to mid January and January to late May. Unfortunately, if you cannot participate in the entire residency time, you will need to forfeit this award. For more details on residency benefits and requirements, visit www.sitkacenter.org.
Deadline, Mailing Address, Online Submissions
Entries must be postmarked by September 3, 2013. Mail your entry to Doug Fir Fiction Award/Bear Deluxe Magazine, 810 SE Belmont, Studio 5, Portland, OR 97214. Online submissions and payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment).
An entry fee of $15. Make check or money order in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to Orlo/The Bear Deluxe Magazine. All entrants receive a copy of the issue in which the winner appears. All entry fees are nonrefundable. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results.
Manuscript Format Guidelines
Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please submit two title pages: one with the story title, author’s name, address, telephone number and email address; and one with just the story title.
– Your submitted story must be an original work of which you are the sole author.
– Submitted stories must be unpublished in both print and web formats.
– Your story must be submitted in accordance with the eligibility requirements, format guidelines, entry requirements, deadline, and terms, or it will be disqualified.
– This competition is open to all writers in English, regardless of nationality.
– The Bear Deluxe magazine reserves the right to edit the winning story for length and clarity upon consultation with the author.
– Entry fees or manuscripts will not be returned.
– Participating writers will receive an email notification upon receipt of their submission. If access to email is not possible, include an additional SASE for notification.
– Participating writers will be notified no later than January 30, 2014, of the award results.
– Writers currently involved with Orlo or The Bear Deluxe Magazine are not eligible for the award. To avoid a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, friends and current or former students of the award judge are not eligible for the award.
– The competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
– No phone calls or emails please.
– The decision of the judge is final.