Heads up to all interested short fiction writers…The deadline for submitting your story for consideration in our 49th Short Fiction Contest is September 30. Contest details are found here.
I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Italy and Germany, so we have fallen a bit behind on determining the winner of the Short Fiction Contest. For those of you who entered your story, I appreciate your patience. I hope to have the winning story published by July 15.
Meanwhile…you may enjoy this 2011 interview of
“Repeat after me: I will not hunt alligators while Désirée runs deliveries.”
Léon blinks at me, rich hickory eyes peering up from a face darker than any glancing touch of the sun could produce. He wriggles in a barely-perceptible fashion, bare heels grinding ringlets into the muddy deck, a creature of obstinacy and faux innocence whose smile mystically exiles all suspicion from my mind.
“’course, Dezzy,” he says. “There aren’t any alligators around right now, you know—they ain’t come out ‘til nighttime.”
“They don’t come out ‘til nighttime,” I correct him, swiping a hand over the top of his
I just returned from a wonderful three week vacation in London, Ireland, and Scotland, so we have fallen a bit behind on determining the winner of the Short Fiction Contest. For those of you who entered your story (a record number of entrants this year!), I appreciate your patience. I hope to have the winning story published by July 20.
Meanwhile…you may enjoy this clip of
Heads up to all interested short fiction writers…The deadline for submitting your story for consideration in our 42nd Short Fiction Contest is May 31. Contest details are found here.
Here is a sampling of winning stories…
“You Blows What You Is,” by Ruth Knafo Setton
“Mystery in C Minor,” by Bruce Golden
“So What,” by Arya Jenkins
The deadline for our next Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest – the 41st since the contest’s inception in 2002 – is January 31. Please click here for complete contest details. If you would like to read our most recent winning story, “The Blues Museum,” by Jay Franzel, click here.
Also…I encourage writers to submit short stories, poems, essays and opinions for publication consideration at any time. Think of Jerry Jazz Musician as a place for “jazz literature,” and a place where, as Jack Kerouac would say, a writer can “blow as deep as you want to blow.” We have a large audience of readers (including 24,000+ Facebook “likes”) who may enjoy seeing what you have to say. If you want to submit something,
Three cars honked almost in union. Then successively, each a blare in order, one two three, then two three one three four with the line through, beat ripitum boom, ba, riptum boom, now hear it a little faster, just a little faster, lips to instrument, trumpet, three valves, infinite notes to jot to sing to blow, perched lips, fat cheeks, cosmic energy of the union, the intertwined with keys of ivory.
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Heads up to all interested short fiction writers…The deadline for submitting your story for consideration in our 38th Short Fiction Contest is January 31. Contest details are found here.
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While in the midst of reviewing the stories from the over 100 entrants in our current Short Fiction Contest, I have been impressed by the spirit of creativity that shines through in virtually every submission. No matter the story theme, the creative energy and spontaneity is as frequently evident in the writer’s turn of a phrase as it is in a jazz musician’s harmonic progression.
The other day I got into a conversation about how jazz musicians of the 1950’s and the Beat era writers shared an artistic language and had similar creative values that showed up in a variety of examples. The one that came to mind first was in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” where Kerouac is inspired by a jazz performance in Chicago…This is what he writes: