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Good Housekeeping’s Short Story Contest

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How it works:
Enter at by submitting a short story no longer than 3,500 words, on a theme that focuses on the lives of women today. Submission must be original, not previously published or a finalist for any other prize or award. Please include your full name, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address.

Eligibility: Contest is open to anyone, age 21 or older, who is a legal resident of the United States or District of Columbia.

Deadlines: Manuscripts will be accepted beginning June 5, 2009. All entries must be received by September 15, 2009. Only one entry per person allowed. Submitted material cannot be returned or acknowledged. Winners will be notified in December 2009. Decisions of the judging panel are final.

Prizes: One grand-prize winner will receive $3,000 and possible publication of the winning story in the May 2010 issue. Two runners-up will each receive $750 and may have their stories published on

For official contest rules, go to

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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