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Our Town Short Story Contest

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Hey Chicago writers!

Quit playing Words With Friends/standing in front of the sink eating cold fried rice with your fingers/reorganizing your bookshelf/tweezing your eyebrows/singing to your dog or whatever you’re actually doing when you tell people you’re writing.

Instead, check out Our Town’s Short Story Contest. You could also call it a Flash Fiction contest if you’re so inclined. Of course I might judge you for it. Wait, I’ll be doing that anyway if you submit your writing.

Let me break it down: Our Town (this, what you’re reading, right here) and Fictlicious (Micki LeSueur’s fabulously successful new reading series, the one Stuart Freaking Dybek contributed to last month, yeah, that one) are teaming up to offer you some artistic exposure.

Here’s what you need to do:

Submit one and ONLY ONE short story. By short we mean under 2000 words (we’ll let you get away with 2005 but they better be the most amazing words ever—“serendipity” or “lackadaisical” are two possibilities, definitely not “snot” or “kelp.”) You got that, right? One entry per writer.

The theme for the contest is “Lucky.” Take that as you will.

The contest deadline is midnight April 15 2012.

The contest winner will receive the following:
Publication on The Sun Times website—right here on Our Town.
The opportunity to read at the one-year anniversary of Fictlicious, that’s May 15th 2012. You MUST be available May 15th. I’m going to put on pants and leave the house to introduce you so you better show.

Please email your entry to ourtownstorycontest@gmail.com subject line “Lucky.”

Your entry should be IN THE BODY of your email, DO NOT attach your entry.
Your name should appear only on the email, not within the story. Here’s how the entry should look:

YOUR Name
YOUR Contact email
YOUR Entry

The contest is blind. It has a service dog and everything. Ok, not that funny. But that’s because we’re serious about keeping your name separate from the entry. An unbiased third party will be opening each email and pasting your entry into a new document for the judges’ perusal. Which brings us (by which I mean me) to….

Your judges:
Sarah Terez Rosenblum (by which I also mean me)- Author of Herself When She’s Missing forthcoming in June 2012 from Soft Skull Press and teacher at The StoryStudio.
Micki LeSueur- writer/founder of Fictlicious.

Any questions? Email ourtownstorycontest@gmail.com, subject line “Question.”

What are you standing around for? Go! Write! (Or take another bath, whatever.)

A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," (Soft Skull press) is available for pre-order here. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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