UMM Sponsors Writing Competition

The Binnacle's Sixth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition

Machias, Maine – The Binnacle, the literary and arts magazine of the University of Maine at Machias, is sponsoring its Sixth 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, 2009.

The sixth edition is already off to a great start. According to The Binnacle advisor, Professor of English Gerard NeCastro, submissions have come from twenty-one states, nine countries, and four continents, as well as the students on campus. Last year, there were 725 submissions; and this year there are already over 500.

The Fifth Edition, published in late December, included works of New England writers, Jane Christensen, Carol Dannhauser, Mike DeCarteret, Toni Giarnesi, Ellen LaFleche, and Tessa Smith McGovern, as well as Alaskan writer Barry Dearborn who has family ties in Washington County, Calais High School senior Susan Ames, and UMM student winner Mike Lachance.

"The Ultra-Short Competition has gained a large following in the writing community," says NeCastro. "There are hundreds of Web sites and blogs that feature the contest, and writers all over the world write to tell us how much they enjoy the edition."

Writers who can not 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 NeCastro at 255-1293.

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