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UMM Announces Annual Ultra-Short Writing Competition

Added on: January 30, 2012

The Binnacle’s Ninth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition Accepting Entries

The Binnacle 2010 CoverMACHIAS, Maine – The Binnacle, the literary magazine of the University of Maine at Machias, is sponsoring its Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Competition, open to writers in Washington County and around the globe. Interested writers of short narrative under 150 words and 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 edition. Writers should submit their works by e-mail to by March 15.

The Ninth Edition is already off to a great start. According to The Binnacle advisor, Professor of English Gerard NeCastro, submissions have come from seventeen states, nine countries, and four continents, as well as the students on campus. Last year, there were over 950 submissions; and this year there are already over 400.

The Eighth Edition, published in late December and available at UMM's Murdock Bookstore, included works of New England writers, Zachary Cole, Sue Ann Connaughton, Mike DiChristina, Susan Desrocher, Carol Leonetti Dannhauser, Christopher Irvin, Ellen LaFleche, Ruth Lehrer, Kari Nguyen, Jennifer Sirrico, and Alysson Parker, and UMM student winner Myra Merritt.

The Ultra-Short Competition draws all sorts of writers, says NeCastro, from writers with hundreds of publications to elementary school students. Last year, in fact, one of the winners was a college student with his first submission.

For more information, please visit The Binnacle online at or contact NeCastro at or 255-1293.


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