short story competition honors Aldrich and outstanding writing | Community


To honor Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich and recognize outstanding writings, the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation is calling for applications for its 2022 short story competition, which celebrates its 20th year of the competition.

Authors are encouraged to generate fictitious short story, written in the sane spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works, while incorporating a theme focused on economics, history, cultural diversity and / or geography (past , present and / or future) of Nebraska. . Story length should be 1,000 to 2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category).

A list of the author’s books, which participants can read to familiarize themselves with Aldrich’s work, is available on the Foundation’s website, Outstanding examples include Aldrich’s bestselling novel “A Lantern in His Hand”, “The Cutters” (the Foundation’s flagship book in 2021) or a short story collection. No testing, please.

The awards will be presented at an annual event on the second Sunday in June. Adults receive first place cash prizes, $ 100; second place, $ 50; and third, $ 25. High school (9 to 12), intermediate (6 to 8) and intermediate (3 to 5) school prices include first place, $ 50; second place, $ 25; and third, $ 15.


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