Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labello Press - First Annual Short Story Competition

I love beginnings, especially the beginning of something exciting and different, which is exactly the sense I got from this New Short Story Competition just announced by Labello Press - Independent Publisher of Short Fiction.

A few weeks back via Twitter I stumbled onto a website called  The Boreen which featured some of Deborah Mc Menamy's work, and I instantantly liked what I saw.  You can check out Deborah's Author Bio HERE

As you will see from the Bio, Deborah has had an interesting life, and sounds like just the lady to launch this new publishing venture. 

Deborah has a love for the printed word, which in part is why she's embarking on the publication of "Gem Street", an anthology of short stories chosen via this competition. 

The launch is also a tribute to her late father, whom you can read more about HERE along with other details of awards/prizes.

Submission Guidelines are as follows:

1.   Maximum word count 12,000 words.

2.   The theme is open, but for now, Children's, Horror, Science Fiction or poetry will not be accepted.

3.   It is an INTERNATIONAL competition, so entries are accepted from any part of the world, but must be written in English.

4.  There is a nominal fee of €10 per entry.

5.  Entries should be double spaced, using Times New Roman, 12pt.

6.  Simultaneous submissions are not accepted, and you are requested to advise immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.


The Competition will run from the 30th August - 31st December 2011.
Long listing will be announced in early January 2012, with the short list at the end of that month.
Final results - 29th February 2012

This is a great opportunity for your story to be published in print, and it is wonderful to be part of something from the very beginning, as I have no doubt that Labello Press will become a powerful source for writers in the future. See Press Release below:

"In conjunction with the launch of Labello Press, a small independent publisher in County Tipperary, we are pleased to announce our first International Short Fiction Competition. In addition to cash prizes, selected stories will be awarded the Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize and be published in the 2012 Anthology, “Gem Street.”

“Gem Street” is an annual anthology featuring previously unpublished writing and over the coming months we will be working hard to create new opportunities and services for writers."




  1. Cool. Thanks for letting everyone know!

  2. Thanks for the link:) Its great to see publications starting up, especially in these time:)


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