$200 IN PRIZES
$25 TO 4 FINALISTS
Dana Reva De Greff was born and partly raised in Miami and partly in West Africa, where she cultivated a love of the beach and roasted peanuts. After graduating from college in Tallahassee, Florida, she escaped to Spain and spent a year teaching English to children and adults, traveling much of Europe and hiking over 200 miles on the Camino de Santiago. After nursing her blisters, she returned to the States to start an MA in creative writing at the University of Texas. In the spring of 2011 she graduated and was awarded the Fania Kruger Fellowship in Writing and the Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction. Currently, she is working on a novel. "Spanish Guinea, 1938-1939," is an excerpt from that work in progress.
For now, Dana has decided to remain in Austin, where she is currently juggling a kaleidoscope of jobs, among them working as a script/article/blog/squidoo editor, an attendant, and an instructor of art and theatre. She also teaches creative writing workshops in Spanish through Badgerdog, a non-profit education and publication group in the area. Every week she meets with three bilingual fourth grade classes, and the poetry and prose of her students continue to amaze her.
When she is not working or writing, Dana can be found outside enjoying the sun and wishing she was near a beach, or dancing Argentine Tango.
Todd Mitchell on choosing "Spanish Guinea, 1938-1939"
The thing that initially blew me away about this story is how completely and vividly it transports the reader to both another time and another place that is wholly unfamiliar and original. The details depicting Spanish Guinea are stunning, lush, and sensual. Add to this well-drawn eccentric characters, who either embody the landscape, or teeter on the edge of madness because of it, and you’ve got fertile ground for a riveting story. But perhaps the most compelling thing about this story is that, despite all the crisp, clear details, and the smoothly delivered character backgrounds, at the core of each character lies an enigma that causes readers to lean forward into the story and listen harder. “Spanish Guinea, 1938-1939” deftly inhabits the crepuscular territory between the said and unsaid, where beauty and horror intertwine, and readers are simultaneously intrigued by a new experience, and enticed to imagine more. In short, it’s a story that takes root in the reader’s mind, vigorous as kudzu, demanding contemplation long after the last word is read.
ABOUT THE PRIZE
DEADLINE: October 1st, 2011
HOW IT WORKS
As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each piece its due attention and thorough consideration. Five submissions will be chosen by the editor of Palooka and their pieces submitted to an outside judge who will pick the winner. The winner will receive $100, have a bio and photo featured on our website with an author interview about the winning story, and have their story published in issue #3 of Palooka. Four finalists will be given $25 each, will be announced on our website, and recognized in issue #3. All entries will also be considered for publication.
All submissions will be read "blind" to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any current or recent students, friends, or family members of the outside judge.
The outside judge this year was Todd Mitchell, short story writer and author of two well-reviewed novels, The Secret to Lying and The Traitor King.
*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submishmash category.
*Word count: Up to 15,000 words per story.
*Formatting: NO AUTHOR INFORMATION ANYWHERE ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Biography section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced.
*Entry fee: $6 for one submission, $10 for two submissions, $14 for three submissions.
*Cover Letter/Biography section should include: story title, approximate word count, author's name, phone number, and e-mail address.
*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your piece if accepted elsewhere (or e-mail us if you've chosen to submit multiple stories). As always, we will offer you a sturdy *e-handshake for your accomplishment.
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