There seems to be a rash of new competitions for writers under 30. Narrative hosted a cleverly-titled 30 Below contest recently and Kenyon Review just announced the winner of their under 30 contest. It is not a blatant attempt at name dropping to say that winner Cara Blue Adams was in my workshop at Kenyon last summer. I think that's pretty cool. However, in defending the contest guidelines, which he noted were controversial, Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky says,
"Yet, it is all too easy for a literary magazine to fill its pages with established authors, allowing the polished work of those at the height of their literary powers to push aside work that is new and cutting edge."
I think he may have gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick there. I'm guessing the controversy wasn't so much over old making way for new as whether new and cutting edge" necessarily equates with being under 30.
So what do you think? Leave comments below and vote in our pole.