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Hemingway Creative Writing Contest

Submission deadline: May 14, 2021

Share YOUR thoughts! We welcome short stories inspired by – or in the unmistakable style of – Hemingway!

Prizes awarded for winners in each category:
  • Poetry Inspired by Hemingway
  • Fiction Inspired by Hemingway
  • Open
Limit your story to 4,000 words and keep in mind “inspired by” includes economy of language, grace under pressure, and travel/war/outdoorsy theme. Winners will be acknowledged and interviewed during our “Hemingway Online Screening & Chat”!

Send your submissions to [email protected] with the category you chose in the subject line.

Inspirational reading list:
  1. In Our Time - Ernest Hemingway
  2. Any Hemingway short story
  3. The Hemingway Stories: As Featured in the Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS
  4. Ernest Hemingway: A Biography

Online Screening & Chat

Join us for a screening of Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, along with award presentations for our Writing Contest winners. Afterwards, a panel of local literary scholars—and our contest winners!—will discuss Hemingway’s influence, style, and legacy.

  Registration Coming Soon FREE Online Screening and Chat
Date TBD

Conversations on Hemingway Virtual Series

Conversations on Hemingway Virtual Series. Register to attend at pbs.org/hemingwayevents

About Hemingway

This three-part, six-hour documentary will air April 5-7 on WQLN PBS

Presented in partnership with

  • Mercyhurst University
  • Edinboro University
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Ember & Forge
  • Pressed Books & Coffee
  • Café 7-10

Corporate funding for HEMINGWAY was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and by ‘The Better Angels Society,’ and its members John & Leslie McQuown, the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, John & Catherine Debs, The Fullerton Family Charitable Trust, the Kissick Family Foundation, Gail M. Elden, Gilchrist & Amy Berg, Robert & Beverly Grappone, Mauree Jane & Mark Perry; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.