Annual Fiction Contest

* Entries are received beginning March 1 and must be postmarked no later than August 15.


• Please indicate FICTION CONTEST on both the outside envelope and the cover sheet.


• There is no set theme and no entry fee.


• Stories should be 750–1,000 words. (Stories shorter than 750 words or longer than 1,000 words will be disqualified.)


• Stories must be previously unpublished.


• Please include an accurate word count on your cover sheet.


• Multiple submissions are permitted, but please submit only your best work.


• Past winners are ineligible.


• The winner will be announced November 1 at


• Award: $500 and publication in the magazine.


• Entries with a SASE will be returned.


• If you have questions, visit our website at or write to us.



Lynn W. Gilliam, Editor

P. O. Box 340004

Nashville, TN 37203-0004


Please do NOT send submissions via FAX or e-mail.


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