Telling your antique’s story for writing contest could earn you $1,000

Symphony Space’s award winning, nationally aired program, “Selected Shorts,” is sponsoring the 2012 Stella Kupferbery Memorial Writing Contest. The contest is offered to writers worldwide.

The winning submission, which will be selected by author Maile Meloy, will be read as part of a “Selected Shorts” performance at Symphony Space (a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan) on June 6, 2012. The story will be recorded for possible broadcast as part of the public radio series. The cash prize is $1,000.

Entries must be no more than 750 words in English. A single short story that centers around a single object or addresses the theme “Objects of Desire” may be submitted. If objects could talk, what stories they would tell? Historical, religious, beloved, passed along, cast aside — every object tells a story. The story must have a title and be previously unpublished in print or online.

The deadline for writing contest entries is March 2, 2012, and the winner will be announced in May. The contest is open to all ages and residents from any country although all entries must be in English.

Maile Meloy ( is the award-winning author of the short story collections “Both Way Is the Only Way I Want It” and “Half in Love,” and the novels “Liars and Saints” and “A Family Daughter.” Her newest book, “The Apothecary,” is for young readers.

Each week on public radio stations nationwide, great actors from stage, screen and television bring short stories to life. “Selected Shorts” is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space and on tour around the country.

One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.

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