The Oak Parker 2016 Short Fiction Contest

fiction contest headerThe Oak Park Regional Housing Center is sponsoring a fiction contest for Oak Park area writers. The winner will receive publication in The Oak Parker’s first issue of 2016 and a $100 gift certificate for The Book Table. The top three stories will be published on The Oak Parker’s website, www.theoakparker.com.

The rules:

  • Entries must address themes related to diversity and/or community, but do not necessarily need to be about Oak Park.
  • Entries must be original fiction, up to 7,500 words. No flash fiction, please.
  • One entry per author. No entry fee!
  • All genres welcome! Literary, humor, science fiction, mystery, suspense—be unique!
  • Please keep in mind that The Oak Parker is a family-oriented publication.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published; however, authors will retain rights to have their stories published elsewhere after The Oak Parker
  • Authors must be residents of Oak Park, Austin (Community Area of Chicago), Bellwood, Berwyn, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Maywood, or River Forest.

How to submit:

  • Entries must be in .doc, .docx, or .txt format.
  • Entries should use a 12-point font and 1.5-line spacing.
  • On your cover page, include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Include your name in the top right corner of each page of your document.
  • Email as an attachment to theoakparker@oprhc.org and put “The Oak Parker Short Fiction Contest” in the subject line.
  • Deadline for submission is January 30, 2016. No entries will be accepted after this date.