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Missouri Literary Festival launches Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader are teaming up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest. In celebration of the Sesquicentennial events surrounding the U.S. Civil War, the Missouri Literary Festival will once again host a national writing contest.

All short story writers are encouraged to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative work. The contest is open to any fiction genre but stories should contain some element (such as setting, character, theme) related to the U.S. Civil War. Authors can submit their short story entries from through 9 p.m. July 1, 2011. The entry fee is $10. Click here for an application.

New for the 2011 contest, the Springfield News-Leader will be a leading corporate sponsor of the Missouri Literary Festival. Once judging is complete a selection of top finalists will be presented on the News-Leader Online where the public will be able to read and vote for their favorite short stories. Prizes of $100 will be awarded to the top National, Missouri and People’s Choice entries;  a $50 prize will be awarded to the first runner-up in each category.

For questions regarding the Missouri Literary Festival/Springfield News-Leader Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest email us at