It's hard to believe, but another Fiction 101 issue has rolled around. As Boise Weekly's traditional kickoff to the new year, Fiction 101 has celebrated the best of the best among Boise's short fiction writers for 11 years.
Each year, writers from around Idaho—and even occasionally from around the world—send in their best fiction stories in an effort to claim the sought-after title. Each story not only has to be compelling and show a clear mastery of the art, but it has to be done in exactly 101 words.
It ain't easy—if you don't believe us, try it yourself.
Entries are judged by a prestigious panel made up of authors, writers, teachers and general lovers of the written word. The results of this year's contest can be found in this week's issue of BW.
But with all the hard work that goes into creating a winning Fiction 101 entry, we think that the authors deserve a little more attention than just having their creations printed in these pages.
That's why for the past two years BW has teamed up with the crew at Rediscovered Bookshop to host a reading and question and answer session with the Fiction 101 winners. We're keeping the tradition rolling Thursday, Jan. 3 as part of the First Thursday events at Rediscovered.
The reading will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and feature nearly all of the winning authors reading their own works. The audience will have the chance to pick the writers' brains after the reading to discover the twisted tales of how the stories came to be.
The event is open to the public, so swing by, listen to some great fiction, meet some of the judges and raise a glass with the winning authors.