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So You Think You Can Write … Fiction?
If so, enter Bark's first talent/writing contest.
The Bark

And the winners are...

Village Dogs by Bim Angst
Street Dog by Shawn Kobb

Bark is proud to have published wonderful essays, memoirs and other true-life narratives by some of today’s leading writers. Now we are searching for fantastic fiction. So, we’re holding our first writing contest, looking for the best all-around canine-centric short story we can find.

Read the following rules carefully.
The contest is open to everyone, and you need not be a subscriber to win.

  1. The contest ends on December 31, 2009. Entries received after this date will be disqualified.
  2. The entry must be canine-centric, written from the human point of view (i.e., not in the voice of/as told by the dog), cannot contain any instances of cruelty or abuse, and must position the dog as an integral part of the story, not simply as a peripheral plot device. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words; those over this word count will be disqualified.
  3. Entries will be judged by Bark editors based on literary merit and technical proficiency. By participating in the contest, entrant certifies that his/her entry is original, has not been previously published or won any award, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity. Bark reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these official rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the contest. The decision of Bark and the judges is final and binding on all matters relating to the contest.
  4. One (1) Winner will receive $500.00 and have his/her entry published in a future issue of Bark (timing of publication to be determined solely by Bark). Winner will be notified via phone, email or postal mail, at Bark’s discretion, on or about Jan. 20, 2010.
  5. Bark will accept only electronically submitted entries. Upload your entry after you fill out the entry form on the next page. The document must be created in Microsoft Word or another widely distributed word processing program and must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on each page. Entries will not be acknowledged, and those sent as hard copies will not be considered or returned.
  6. Entries are limited to one (1) per person and per email address. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt. Bark is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or inaccurate entries.
  7. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada ages 18 and older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is also open to adults ages 18 from outside of the U.S.
  8. Entrants must have a valid email address. It is the entrant’s responsibility to notify Bark of any change in email address.
  9. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Bark and its agencies to use winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical material and/or entry (including an edited form of the entry) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  10. The sponsor of this contest is The Bark, Inc., 2810 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

[Contest closed to new entries]

We look forward to reading your stories!

This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 55: July/Aug 2009
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Submitted by Anonymous | December 11 2009 |

How fun! I'm an English teacher and can't wait to get my story written and in to you all next week. Nothing like a little deadline to get the creative juices flowing! A friend just passed along to me the fall issue of your magazine, with Foley the cover babe. I'd never seen BARK before but I'm so glad to have it. Fabulous! Keep us the great journalism and art and Happy Howlidays!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 23 2010 |

So when will they annonce the winner

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | January 23 2010 |

The editors are reading the submissions and winners will be announced in about two weeks, so sometime in early February.

Submitted by Anonymous | February 8 2010 |

It's almost mid-February...any idea when the winner will be announced? Thank you.

Submitted by Anonymous | February 11 2010 |

Would be interested to hear how many submissions you had. Looking forward to hearing who the winner is and reading his/her story!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 12 2010 |

Would be interested to hear how many submissions you had for the contest. Looking forward to reading the winner's story!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 12 2010 |

Has a winner been announced?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 17 2010 |

So when are going to decide already? The waiting is terrible

Submitted by Anonymous | February 15 2010 |

I was wondering the same thing...It's been almost a month since the announcement date. Maybe a winner was notified, but they just haven't announced it yet?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 17 2010 |

loving your magazine. when will the results of your first fiction contest be posted? thanks!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 17 2010 |

I would've LOVED to do this but i didn't find out about it until today. The deadline already passed. ):

Submitted by Anonymous | February 18 2010 |

Who won the contest?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 18 2010 |

I, too, would like to know if and when a winner will be announced or notified. Thank you!

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | February 18 2010 |

Thanks to everyone for their interest in the fiction-writing contest. The stories are currently being read and judged. We had so many submissions, it has taken us longer than we expected to read them. Please know, we will post information about the winner on the website once he or she has been selected. Again, thank you for your patience.

Submitted by Anonymous | February 18 2010 |

Can you give us an e.t.a. of when the announcement will be made?
Thanks. Can't wait to read the winning story!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 23 2010 |

Please, I can't stand the suspense any longer! It is now the end of February. When will the winner be annouonced?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 24 2010 |

I was thinking...........perhaps after the winner is announced, you might consider running some of the other submissions in future issues of BARK. I'm sure readers would enjoy the stories! Thanks!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 24 2010 |

Oh really, now! You knew you had a heap of entries as far back as December 31! Time enough already. Please can you at least give us a date when you'll announce the winner?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 25 2010 |

Why limit running only the winner? Since you have a wealth of stories, I bet Bark's fans would love reading more of them. No need to limit ourselves.

Submitted by Anonymous | February 26 2010 |

It has nearly been a month past the date of the original stated announcement date! We're going crazy out here!!!!

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | February 26 2010 |

The editors of The Bark are very proud to announce that Bim Angst is the winner in our 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest. Selected from hundreds of entrants, her work, Village Dogs, was the unanimous choice for both its literary merit and its insightful depiction of the human-dog bond. Village Dogs will be published in the April/May issue.

Bim Angst teaches writing at Penn State, Schuylkill, and lives in Saint Clair, Pa., with her three dogs, all of whom she adopted from the local shelter. Their spirits imbue her story, which is rich and dense in its understanding of the complex emotional dance that happens between a man, a woman and a dog.

Editor in chief Claudia Kawczynska was thrilled with the response we received to our first writing competition, and wants to thank all the writers who submitted their work.

Three runners-up will be announced next week, after we have successfully notified them.

Submitted by Paula | February 27 2010 |

Congratulations to the winner. I agree with another poster. Can you publish some of the runners up? And no offense to anyone but maybe you could have another contest for AMATEURS only. I figured an English teacher would win. How about a contest for us such as I who NEVER before wrote a story

Submitted by Jo Anna | March 1 2010 |

I also agree with Paula about possibly differentiating between amateur writers and published writers in order to level the playing field for the neophytes. Maybe have two categories of writers. Regardless, I look forward to reading the stories. Thanks Bark, for the opportunity.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | March 1 2010 |

Three additional fiction entries will be published in future issues of The Bark by contest runners-up. These include an untitled story by Shawn Kobb of Dulles, Va.; "Small Change" by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris of Encinitas, Calif.; and "Stepping-Off Place" by Don Katnik of Hampden, Me. Congratulations!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 2 2010 |

The runners-up were also all professional writers. I wouldn't have wasted my time if I'd known it were that kind of contest.

Submitted by Shawn Kobb | March 3 2010 |

I'm not a professional writer. In fact, this will be my first published piece. It was definitely unexpected and to be honest, I pretty much put the contest out of mind after I submitted my entry. I hope people enjoy the story.

Submitted by mjw | April 3 2010 |

Just read Bim Angst's story. Wow! I loved it!
I hope this is the first of many stories Bim will tell us.

Submitted by Anonymous | April 11 2010 |

will there be a 2010 contest soon?

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