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Market Monday!

Time for another market Monday. This one is a contest with a word count and date deadline – and restricted to FL residents:

Enter the Times-Union’s annual holiday short story contest

It’s the 30th anniversary of the T-U’s annual writing competition.

Dust off your writing skills: The deadline is approaching for the Times-Union’s 30th annual Holiday Short Story Contest.

Two years ago, we started the story and you had to finish it. Last year, we gave a list of a dozen words that had to be included in your stories.

This time around, we’re leaving it a little more open. Your story can be happy, sad, uplifting, depressing or just plain weird, as long as you can do it in 1,000 words or less.

But there is one restriction: Since this is the 30th anniversary of the contest, all stories this year must be set either 30 years in the past or 30 years in the future.

There are separate contests for students and adults. For the young writers’ competition, each elementary, middle school and high school in the Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia Times-Union readership area may select one story per grade level to enter in the competition. Schools that send in more than one story per grade level will be disqualified. Homeschooled students are eligible. Judges will select three “best-in-show” stories to be printed in the T-U. The top student author will receive $100. Runners-up will each receive $50.

Adult writers should submit entries directly to the T-U. Winners will receive the following: first place, $300; second place, $200; and third place, $100.

Stories in adult and young writers categories should be no longer than 1,000 words, and should be typed. Work must be original, and it must be fiction, not a memoir, recollection or personal essay.

Each manuscript should include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. Student entries should identify the school, the student’s grade, age and teacher’s name.

Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

To submit manuscripts, go to, where you can copy and paste your story into the online form. All stories submitted online will be posted on Stories can also be mailed to Holiday Short Story Contest, The Florida Times-Union, P.O. Box 1949, Jacksonville, FL 32231. Please submit online or by mail, but not both.


November 2, 2009 at 12:02 am

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