1999 Esquire Fiction Competition Announced

Posted on July 28, 1999

Esquire magazine Editor-in-Chief David Granger has announced the 1999 Esquire Fiction Competition for New Writers presented with Yahoo! GeoCities. This is the debut of an annual summer contest that accepts entries via the Internet, and provides online resources for writers, including the ability to publish their works online using Yahoo! GeoCities' home-page builder. The winner of the competition will be awarded $4,000 and will be published both in Esquire and online.

All contest entries must be original, unpublished works of fiction not exceeding 6,000 words that Esquire editors will evaluate for overall literary excellence. Granger and his editorial team will oversee the judging process. Official rules for contest entry are available in the July, August, and September issues of Esquire. Submission deadline is Sept. 10, 1999 for online entries and Sept. 15, 1999 for mail-in entries. The winner will be announced on the Esquire/Yahoo! website by December 1, 1999 and will be published in an upcoming issue of Esquire.

Esquire has published the works of dozens of America's major fiction writers including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Truman Capote. With Granger at the magazine's helm, the magazine's commitment to both discover and develop new writers has been reinvigorated. Under Granger, Esquire instituted "Snap Fiction," an editorial feature that has garnered submissions from hundreds of authors, both new and established. Esquire has also recently published "Marry the Man Who Gets There First," Heidi Julavits's first work which was selected for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories: 1999, and "Miracle Boy," a short story by Pinckney Benedict which won the prestigious O'Henry Award.