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Fiction 101 and Potato Drop News


'Tis the season for deadlines. There are X-amount of hours to thaw that turkey, X-amount of days to travel or entertain, X-amount of weeks for shopping, X-amount of months to fulfill those New Year's resolutions.

If you aren't too exhausted after that paragraph, here are two more deadlines: Friday, Dec. 5, and Wednesday, Dec. 17.

First thing's first: It's Fiction 101 time again at Boise Weekly, and the 13th annual contest is fast approaching. For those unfamiliar with Fiction 101, it is pretty much what it says it is: Writers submit 101-word fiction pieces for consideration by a panel of judges. Winners receive cash prizes and publication—accompanied by illustrations from local artist Erin Ruiz (having your work illustrated by Erin is a prize in itself)—in the Jan. 7, 2015, edition of BW. A public reading will follow, with details to be determined.

Entries must contain 101 words (not including the title), as determined by Microsoft Word. No poetry. No handwritten entries. $10 entry fee per story. Put your name, address and phone number on the back of each entry. BW staff and freelancers are not eligible to enter. All entries due by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. Mail or drop off entry and fee to Boise Weekly, Fiction 101, 523 Broad St., Boise, 83702. Do not send cash via snail mail.

Second thing's second: We're excited to announce that Boise Weekly is the print media partner of the second annual New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop, and the good people at the Idaho New Year's Commission have charged us with shepherding a contest to select the art for the cover of the official event guide.

Artists are asked to submit their potato-themed drawings or paintings for consideration no later than Wednesday, Dec. 17.

We're looking for pieces in ink, paint or any other 2-D medium, with designs sent to BWHQ, 523 Broad St.

The winning artist will receive VIP tickets for two to the Potato Drop and their work will (of course) be featured on the cover of the event guide, which will be inserted in Boise Weekly and distributed at locations across the area.

Amid your holiday season obligations, don't forget to carve out a little time for fame, riches and glory.