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204 East "F" St - P.O. Box 167
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Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest

Original Short Stories by Nebraska Authors

Send to:
Bess Streeter Aldrich House
PO Box 167
Elmwood, NE 68349

Short Story Guidelines: Click Here for Guidelines

Due date for submissions: Her Birthday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Length: 1000 to 2000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and summissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works. No essays, please Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:

Short Works 1907-1919 Mother Mason
Short Works 1920-1954 The Rim of the Prairie
The Cutters A Lantern in her Hand
Spring Came on Forever A White Bird Flying
Miss Bishop Song of Years
The Lieutenant's Lady Journey into Christmas
The Drum Goes Dead The Man who Caught the Weather


Four divisions:

1st Prize $100
2nd Prize $50
3rd Prize $25
High School: (Grades 9-12)
1st Prize $50
2nd Prize $25
3rd Prize $15
Middle School: (Grades 6-8)
1st Prize $50
2nd Prize $25
3rd Prize $15
Intermediate School: (Grades 3-5)
1st Prize $25
2nd Prize $15
3rd Prize $10

Winners will be notified in early April and invited to the Aldrich Foundation's spring banquet. Non-winners who supply a SASE will be notified shortly thereafter.

Please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name and one without. Include a line telling how you learned about the contest. For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher to the cover sheet. Please enclose SASE for return of results of the contest. Stories will not be returned, so please keep a copy. No copying of the work of others.

Families of Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.



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