Deadline for fiction competition looming

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This just in from the S.C. Fiction Project . . .

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Fiction Project, an  annual writing competition sponsored by The Post and Courier and the South Carolina Arts Commission, calls for previously unpublished short stories of 2,500 words or less. Applicants should submit an application form, along with four copies of the story entry, to the Arts Commission by Jan. 15.

The contest is open to any South Carolina resident who is at least 18 years old. Stories do not need to be Southern, nor do they need to be set in South Carolina. Stories are judged by a panel of professional writers; selection will be based on literary quality and suitability for a general newspaper audience.

Up to 12 short stories will be selected for publication; each writer whose work is selected will receive $500 from The Post and Courier, which purchases first publication rights. Stories will also be published electronically on both The Post and Courier's Web site (www.charleston.net) and the Arts Commission's Web site (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).

Application forms and entries should be mailed to S.C. Fiction Project, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1800 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC29201. For more, visit S.C. Fiction Project or contact Sara June Goldstein, director of Literary Arts at the S.C. Arts Commission, at (803) 734-8694 or sgoldstein@arts.sc.gov.

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