12th annual VLP Short Story Contest at The U seeks area writers

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Vermillion Literary Project is sponsoring their 12th annual short story contest. First place will automatically be published in the 2009 VLP literary magazine and receive $200 while the second place winner will receive a prize and will also be published in the magazine.

The contest is in McKusick Technology Center 101 from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Contestants should arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. Participants are required to write their short story in the designated room. In addition, a certain theme, image or idea – which will not be announced until the contest begins – will figure prominently in the story. Computers will be available for use, although handwritten entries will also be accepted.

A panel of judges consisting of USD faculty and students will select the winners. First and second place winners will be announced at the VLP Poetry Slam on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Coffee Shop Gallery.

To register for the contest, the form at www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/forms/contestform.pdf and send it in along with a check for the correct amount made out to the Vermillion Literary Project. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 17. After that date, there is a late registration fee. Registration is also accepted in person at the USD Department of English, Dakota Hall 212. For more information, please call (605) 677-5229 or e-mail projlit@usd.edu. The contest is open to the public, including members of the University of South Dakota community.