Now in its 17th year, the Boise Weekly Fiction 101 contest is in an awkward place. If it were a person, it would be old enough to drive, but it wouldn't be old enough to have voted in the midterm elections—which is a shame, as we here at the Weekly are almost as interested in how a sentient literary contest might have cast its ballot as what the scribbling public will have to say in their entries this year.
In the past, writers from Boise and beyond have submitted stories about love and loss, murder, their cats, veteran homecomings, growing old and nature. They've addressed politics and their deepest secrets. Often, the entries were laugh-out-loud funny, like stories about the legendary "tan daddy," grandparents keeping the flame alive through S&M, and what goes on at band practice that stays at band practice.
Entries for this year's contest are due on Monday, Nov. 19. If you haven't submitted yours by now, don't panic: The rules are simple. Entries must be 101 words long, typed in Microsoft Word and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of attachments. Accompanying each entry should be a $10 entry fee; use our portal, payment.boiseweekly.com, with the title(s) of your story/stories in the "Notes" section. For people who prefer to pay by check, send payment to:
Boise Weekly/Fiction 101
523 Broad St.
Boise, ID 83702
Winning entries will be selected by our panel of expert judges and published in the Wednesday, Jan. 2, edition of Boise Weekly. Winning authors will get cash prizes and be invited to read at our annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 party hosted by Rediscovered Books.