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Harvard Book Store Short-Short Contest

photo from the Harvard Book Store website

photo from the Harvard Book Store website

Boston-area readers know Harvard Book Store as one of the best independent bookstores in the country. The store hosts author events and readings nearly every night, and the knowledgeable staff is always ready to help should you need a recommendation. Now, they’re encouraging writers as well. In honor of the shortest month, Harvard Book Store is running a short-short contest:

Let’s make these 28 days count! Write a short short story (500 words or less). Send us your entries (no more than 3 entries per person) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17th. We’ll read them, pick our favorites, and, at the end of the month, we’ll print them in a book, using our very own in-store print-on-demand machine, Paige M. Gutenborg!

Entries must be unpublished and written between February 1 and February 17. If your story is chosen, you’ll receive a copy of the yet-to-be-titled collection and will be invited to read their story at the bookstore on March 1. One grand-prize winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate.

Full details and rules are here. And if “Paige M. Gutenborg” caught your attention, check out store owner Jeff Mayersohn’s essay about why he invested in the book-making machine.

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