The reading period for the LSSU HSSSP runs February 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016. Please see the guidelines below.

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Ends on 4/30/2016

The LSSU High School Short Story Prize is a regional literary competition run by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program for high school writers with a cash award and scholarship. The 2016 contest is open to high school students residing in the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and Ontario, Canada. Entries to our second annual competition will be accepted February 1 through April 30, 2016. As last year, all entries will be read blind, with the identities of authors revealed only after judges’ final decisions are made. The winner of the 2016 competition will receive a $500 cash prize that can be increased to a $1000 cash scholarship if the winner chooses to attend LSSU. Additionally, this year, all entries receiving semifinalist or higher status will receive a free print copy of the latest edition of the LSSU undergraduate journal, Snowdrifts.

The theme for the 2016 LSSU High School Short Story Prize, chosen by subscribers to the contest newsletter, will be alternate history short stories. For the purposes of this contest, this means fiction that explores how the world would be different if the historical timeline were altered. You can enter stories that fall into the category of literary fiction, science fiction, or historical fiction, as long as the stories explore some “what if” scenario regarding an alternate version of the past. 

Stories will be judged on literary merit. To enter, submit a story that meets our guidelines using the below form. Enter your address and contact information in the form only; do not enter contact information on the story itself. Stories will be read blind. Entries must be previously unpublished at the time of entry. There is no need to notify us if the publication status changes during the contest. All finalists will be contacted to provide proof of Midwest or Ontario residency and high school student status. The winner's parent or guardian will be required to co-sign his or her publication contract before the winner is announced.

Contest theme: alternate history short stories
Maximum story length: 5,000 words

Before you enter, be sure to read the detailed contest rules and entry guidelines on our site!

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