For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Submit any number of entries. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restrictions on age or country. Contest entries close on April 30th. Please click the ‘Submittable’ button above for full details. Fee: US$20 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 26th contest. The results of this 27th annual contest will be announced on October 15th.