Contest #25

Contest #25 began on December 14, 2014. Its premise is


One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between--that’s up to you.

Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses the contest premise.

No children’s fiction, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top gross-out horror. Any other genre is fine.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 6, 2015.

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Remember to take all identifying information out of your story! Tell us who you are in the space provided for the cover letter, NOT in your story! No headers, no bylines... just the story.

If your contest entry does not get selected for publication, we will critique it for $15 (US dollars). See here for more details.

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