If you are a creative writer, this is for you. Everyday Mormon Writer (or 2/3 of the Mormon Lit Blitz team) is holding a flash fiction contest called “Four Centuries of Mormon Stories.” Entries are due next Monday, September 24th. You should do everything in your power to enter and win. (Unless you are intimidated by the fact that I’ve submitted three stories of my own.)
Here are the rules and contest details from the Everyday Mormon Writer website:
We are looking for fiction of any genre depicting Mormon life during any point in the 19th, 20th, 21st, or 22nd century.
Deadline: September 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time. [Note: the deadline was initially listed as 17 Sept, but has been extended to better accommodate editors’ schedules.]
Length: Entries should be fun to read in a single sitting online. Entries may be as long as 2,000 words, but preference will be given to entries under 1,000 words.
Submission instructions: Each entry should be submitted separately by email to everydaymormon at gmail dot com. The subject line of the email should include the words “contest submission” and specify which century the submission depicts. For example: “Contest Submission: 22nd Century.” No cover letter in the body of the email is necessary, since selection of the finalists will be blind, but authors should include their contact information.
Below their contact information, authors should paste the text of their entry–no attachments, please.
Submission limits: Each author may submit no more than three stories in a single century category. Theoretically, an author could submit up to twelve stories by writing three in each of the contest centuries (though we will be both surprised and impressed if anyone manages to do so).
Prize: As of 12 July 2012, the total prize package for this contest is $170. [I think this has now climbed to something like $350.54!) We are still accepting contributions to the final prize on our main Contest page and will give periodic updates on the size of the prize package.
Rights: By submitting, authors guarantee Everyday Mormon Writer non-exclusive internet publication rights. If selected as finalists, authors also guarantee Everyday Mormon Writer limited one-time rights to produce commemorative prints of their story for certain contest donors.