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Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award

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Open for Entry: April 1, 2011

Deadline for Entry: EXTENDED TILL MONDAY, JUNE 20


We are pleased to invite you to submit a short story for the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s 2011 Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award. This writing competition was created expressly to promote the work of Maryland writers, to celebrate their accomplishments publicly, and to make a difference in the lives of these artists as they continue to build their careers. The first place winner will be published in the August 2011 issue of Urbanite magazine.


By entering the Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award competition, writers give the Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite permission to publish the entered work or works in Urbanite and to list the author’s name on the Fiction Storyteller Award and on the Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite website and social networking sites. The author retains copyright to the work or works entered and published. The Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite are granted a one-time right to publish the work or works.  



Entries should be submitted to the Urbanite at http://urbanitebaltimore.submishmash.com/Submit 

To be considered for the award, the writer must meet the following requirements: 

  • The writer must be between the ages of 21 and 49 in 2011.
  • He or she must be a resident of the state of Maryland and should be able to show proof of residency.
  • The short story should be 1,500 words or less.
  • Please submit entries electronically as follows: Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins, in an MS Word file.
  • The short story submitted must be original and cannot have been previously published (this includes on websites and blogs).
  • Entry fee: $15. Proceeds of the entry fee will benefit the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted. However, an additional $15 entry fee is required for each additional story.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, if your short story is accepted elsewhere, you need to let us know immediately that you are withdrawing your submission.



  • Manuscripts will not be returned. The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail, etc.
  • Entries should not include any profanity, pornography, defamatory or libelous language or remarks. The Reading Committee or the judges have the discretion to disqualify entries with said remarks.
  • Plagiarized entries will be automatically disqualified.
  • If you win, Urbanite will publish your story. If you do not want your story published please do not submit it.


All entries must be received by June 15, 2011 by 5 p.m. EST.  The Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite have the right to extend deadlines if deemed necessary. EXTENDED till Monday, June 20!!!!


Each submission will be read by several members of a Reading Committee comprised of Pratt librarians, members of the Pratt Contemporaries and Urbanite staff. The committee will then select five finalists. A prestigious panel of five award judges will subsequently select the top award.

The winners will be announced during Urbanite magazine’s rollout party in August 2011 at the Central Library. Date to be determined.
First Prize winner: The short story will be published in the August issue of Urbanite. The winner will also receive $500.
Second Prize winner: Receives $250. Urbanite reserves the right to publish.
Third Prize winner: Receives $100. Urbanite reserves the right to publish.



The Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award writing competition is open to amateur writers who are Maryland residents who write in English. Employees and family members of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Urbanite and Steering Committee members of the Pratt Contemporaries are not eligible. Professional writers who have previously been published in commercial or news publications are not eligible.



Entry fees are non-refundable. Entries postmarked after deadlines will not be considered. Work withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. All manuscripts will be recycled, not returned. All submissions must be original works.


This award is part of the Pratt Contemporaries, a diverse group of cosmopolitans and young professionals who seek to raise awareness of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a vital part of Baltimore’s identity. Through bold, innovative programs and outreach efforts, the group provides a venue for emerging creative thinkers who want to establish a lifeline between their library, their city, and their communities.

The Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award is also made possible by our partner, Urbanite Magazine.

For more information about the Pratt Contemporaries Fiction Storyteller Award, please contact Roswell Encina at 410-545-3115 or rencina@prattlibrary.org.