The Wood River Valley is where Ernest Hemingway spent a great deal of time hunting, writing and it's even where he died and was laid to rest. In honor of its adopted papa, this year marks the inaugural Sun Valley area's Ernest Hemingway Festival celebrating the life and work of the man. The event will be held from September 22 through 25, and will include lectures, panel discussions, a Hemingway site tour, theater productions, literary talks, a slide presentation, as well as an event of questionable taste, a skeet and trap shooting contest. No drinking contest has been announced.
As part of the festival, organizers are holding a national short story contest. They're looking for original, previously unpublished works of short fiction. Entries should be typewritten, double-spaced, 2,600 words (or 10 pages) or less and available in Word format.
Entries must be postmarked by July 26. The winning entry will earn a $500 award and will be feted in Sun Valley during the festival and have their story published in the festival's magazine.
Submit stories and $10 entry fee to Sue Bailey, SVKCVB, P.O. Box 2420, Sun Valley 83353. For more information, visit www.ernesthemingwayfestival.org or call 208-726-3423.