My Story: Once Upon a Midnight Summer

midnightMy story today is set in the same way all parents tell stories to their children: With certain details omitted. What you want your children to know and what actually happened are two completely separate stories:

Of course, there is a flip side to this story: One of perpetual light in which the birthrate dropped a bit and people were less likely to have one-night stands when faced with a potential lover in the bright accusing light of day outside a bar. But I’ve never met someone from the opposite side of the world to tell me that story. And I really don’t want to tell my children about one-night stands so close to bedtime. Sex education should take place in the daylight.

Listen to Once Upon a Midnight Summer and tell me what you would change about your life if it was suddenly left in darkness.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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Writing Contest: The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

type your way into writing contestsFor this writing contest, short story authors have the chance to win $2,000 for their work. The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction doesn’t have any theme restrictions, but entries should be under 50 pages. To enter, authors should submit their work before March 14, 2015; there is an entry fee of $15 per submission. In addition to the prize money, winners will be published in an upcoming issue of the Colorado Review.

You can find additional submission details on the publication’s website.

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Writing Contest: The Willow Books Literature Awards

PPull out your quill and enter some writing contestsrose and poetry writers have the chance to win big with the Willow Books Literature Awards writing contests. Contestants in each category are invited to enter their works (manuscripts not exceeding 200 pages) or collections of poetry (up to 90 pages in length) for possible publication as well as cash prizes.

There is a $30 fee for each entry and full rules and submission details can be found at the company’s website. You’d better hurry, the submission deadline is April 30, 2015.

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Writing Contest: East Meets West

Writing contests require your final draftThe literary magazine East Meets West American Writers Review is now accepting entries for its Spring writing contest. There is no theme, so writers can opine on any topic they wish; and stories and poems alike are welcome. The entry fee is $15 per story or up to three poems. The magazine makes it easy to submit with their online process which can be found on its website. The first place winner will receive $100, but you better get started as the deadline is March 30, 2015.

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Writing Contest: Prairie Schooner Book Prize

Enter writing contests to tell your storyPolish that unfinished manuscript you have and get ready to enter it in The Prairie Schooner Book Prize writing contest. Manuscripts should be at least 150 pages long and can cover one tale or be a collection of short stories. (Manuscripts that include several novellas are not admissible.) Details for submission (either hard or soft copies), including information around the $25 entry fee, can be found on the contest’s website.

Write fast, as the deadline to enter is March 15, 2015.

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