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Contest Wed Sep 07 2011

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

In honor of the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Chicago, this year's pick has inspired an ironic/awesome little contest.

Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March isn't exactly brief, but what if it were? Try your hand at composing your own "version of the great American Novel", compressed into 750 words or less. Easy!

Oh, and make sure the stories are both set in, and inspired by, the Chi.

From the press release:

"The entries will be judged by Stuart Dybek, an expert in both flash fiction and Chicago, whose collection The Coast of Chicago was the One Book, One Chicago selection in spring 2004. Three finalists will read their work at an event at Stop Smiling, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, October 13; and the winner will have their work published in a future issue of the newly revitalized magazine The Chicagoan."

There is no fee to enter, and all submissions must be received by Friday, September 23.

For more information and all contest details (including how to enter), click here.

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