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UMM Announces Annual Writing Competition

Added on: December 17, 2010

The Binnacle's Eighth Annual Ultra-Short Competition Accepting Entries

Sixth Annual Ultra-Short Competition coverMACHIAS, Maine – The Binnacle, the literary and arts magazine of the University of Maine at Machias, is sponsoring its Eighth Annual Ultra-Short Competition, open to writers in Washington County and around the globe. Interested writers of short narratives in prose or poetry of fewer than 150 words (poetry of sixteen lines or fewer) are welcome to submit their works.

Prizes will be awarded in May for both categories, with the total of prizes amounting to no less than $300. The top fifty-two entries will be included in the contest print edition. Writers should submit their works by e-mail to by February 15, 2011. There is a submission limit of two works per person.

According to The Binnacle advisor, Professor of English Gerard NeCastro, the eighth edition is already off to a great start.

“The Ultra-Short Competition continues to gain a larger audience in the writing community,” says NeCastro. “Hundreds of Web sites, blogs, and Facebook pages feature the Ultra-Short, and writers all over the world share their appreciation with us.”

The seventh edition of the Ultra-Short Competition will be available in January and the sixth edition is available for purchase at the Murdock Bookstore on the UMM campus.

Writers who cannot e-mail their entries can mail them to The Binnacle, 19 Kimball Hall, University of Maine at Machias, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, ME 04654. For more information, please visit The Binnacle on the Web at or call Gerard NeCastro at (207) 255-1293.


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