I know summer ended just a week ago, and it seems as if I just finished reading the 600-some entries in the magazine's Summer Short Fiction Contest. But if you're a short story writer, it's time to be thinking about Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. It's time for the magazine's fourth annual Holiday Short Fiction Contest.
Each year we publish the four best short stories the Sunday before Christmas, this year on Dec. 22. One of those will be in the kids' category, for writers 14 and under. Three prizes will be awarded to adults: first place, $350; second place, $250; third place, $150. The prize in the children's category is $50.
Entries must be original and unpublished, typed and double spaced. The word limit for adults is 1,500 (we'll count them); for kids, 750. Include your name, address, daytime phone number and Social Security number. Children must put their age on their entries. Sorry, but we won't be able to return stories or acknowledge that we've received them.
Your entry must be in our hands by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1winners will be notified by Nov. 20. Baltimore Sun employees and their immediate families aren't eligible.
Send your stories to Holiday Short Fiction Contest, Sun Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md. 21278. Good luck!