‘It is a fantastic opportunity’: Live Ideas hosts contest for short stories

Laurie Johnson, Director of the Primary Texts Certificate and Associate Faculty Editor of Live Ideas, will look over submissions for the Live Ideas Journal. The submission deadline is Feb. 24. (Archive photo by Sarah Millard | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect deadline for the contest. The contest deadline is March 3. The Collegian regrets this error.

The Live Ideas Journal is holding a contest for student writers to showcase their best short story, and the deadline to enter is March 3. The journal is published online once a semester and gives students a chance to be published.

Once students submit their stories to the journal, they are peer-reviewed and are either approved or denied for publishing. However, even if students’ stories do not make it into the journal, it is still an opportunity for feedback and development.

“It was a great opportunity to participate in, especially as an English major,” Alissa Rehmert, senior in English and peer reviewer for Live Ideas Journal, said. “It’s important to get your work out there and get as much feedback as possible.”

After submission, the turnaround is usually two to three weeks, Laurie Johnson, director of the primary text certificate program, said.

The top three contenders will receive a cash prize — $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

However, the process of the contest will look different this semester as the stories will not be peer-reviewed; they will be judged by the editorial board. This is so the same people can judge each story under the same set of standards. These contests are typically held once a semester, however, the kinds of stories vary.

With new regulations because of COVID-19, distribution of the journal will be little to none. The best place to find the journal is online, but it can also be found at the Dusty Bookshelf.

The journal will also publish stories that aren’t contest winners.

“It is a fantastic opportunity,” Mark Crosby, department of English associate professor, said. “I wish there was such a journal when I was an undergrad.”

As the entry deadline for the Journals Short Story Contest approaches quickly, applications for entry are still being accepted, and the Live Ideas website will house a virtual copy to read.