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Hourglass Literary Magazine

DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M. December 31, 2015 (US Central time).

Hourglass Literary Magazine with the cooperation, support and patronage of Krajina klass, BLC (Banjaluka College) and software company Literature and Latte, (makers of the Writing Software “Scrivener”)announces its maiden competition for:


Click here to go to contest site.

The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma.
Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).
Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.

Special Awards:

The jury, comprising highly respected authors: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).
Ten Finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine

“Scrivener Award”:

  • Special prize of the Literature and Latte – “Scrivener Award” – consisting of the three licensed software solutions “Scrivener”.
  • Note: Awards will be officially awarded in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina (September 1, 2016).
  • The event winners and finalists will be informed via e-mail/phone.
  • If an author cannot attend the awards ceremony, sponsors of the contest will provide the video conference; funds will be paid via PayPal or bank transfer.

General criteria of the competition (“early deadline“):

  • Competition (“early deadline“) is open from October 20 2015 to 11:59 P.M. December 31, 2015 (US Central time).
  • Jury/Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
  • The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
  • Authors who write in BCMS may submit their entries in Latin or Cyrillic script.
  • There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries.
  • Work must be original and unpublished.
  • One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).
  • By participating in the contest of the Hourglass Literary Magazine authors agree that their work which they submitted in the contest is to be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine (in print and digital form).
  • Short stories, essays and poems by writers who write in English will be translated in one of the BCMS languages ​​and vice versa.
  • Participants retain the copyright of their works.
  • Names of finalists will be published on the Internet at: www.hourglassonline.org and/or the Hourglass Monthly Newsletter and also through our media sponsor (ELTA TV) at the official press conference scheduled for July 2016.
  • Works can be sent in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt and .pdf format, with font size not exceeding 12 points.
  • Contest is anonymous.
  • Please be sure to prepare your text document(s) accordingly. Exclude every personal information, which can lead you to disqualification.
  • Participants at any time may contact the editorial office via email: contest {at} hourglassonline.org.
  • “Manifesto” of the literary magazine can be found here.