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The LSSU High School Short Story Prize is a regional competition for high school writers with a cash award and scholarship. Any high school student residing in the Midwest may enter. For the purposes of this contest, the Midwest is defined as the twelve-state region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Entries will be accepted online through March 31, 2015. Finalists will be selected based on literary merit by May 15, with a winner announced on June 1. The winner of the contest will receive a $500 cash prize, which may be doubled — if the student wishes to attend Lake Superior State University — to a $1000 cash scholarship. The winning short story will also be published in volume 5 of Border Crossing, currently scheduled for release in early summer 2015, alongside fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by professional writers and book reviews by our undergraduate interns.  

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 Entries must be previously unpublished, online or otherwise. All finalists will be contacted to provide proof of Midwest 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: post-apocalyptic fiction
Maximum story length: 5,000 words

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