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Haunted Newport Short Story Contest
Original, unpublished stories up to 5,000 words are sought on a paranormal theme, and incorporating at least two Newport, Rhode Island, landmarks. First prize is $500. Closes May 1. Entry fee: $10.

Intergeneration Foundation's Annual Storytelling Contest
Open to all ages, this short story contest is designed to promote intergenerational understanding. Maximum length: 750 words. Cash prizes total $700. No entry fees. Deadline: June 30, 2004.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
Seeks manuscripts, between 27,500 and 50,000 words, made up of short stories and/or novellas. Prize: $1,000, plus publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: August 29.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
An annual contest for original, unpublished stories up to 3,000 words in length, open to writers who have not yet achieved major market success. Cash prizes total $2,000. Entry fee: $10. Deadline mid-May.

Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest
Open only to writers living within 150 miles of Memphis, this annual competition seeks original short stories of 3,000 to 5,000 words. Reading fee: $10. Deadline: August 1.

Mixed: Stories About Being Biracial or Multiracial in America
The stories must not exceed 8,000 words and must speak either directly or indirectly about what it is to be biracial or multiracial in the United States. Prize money will be awarded to the winner ($500) and each author published in an Anthology ($200). Deadline: December 31, 2003. Free entry.

Momaya Press
The Momaya Annual Review seeks original short stories on any theme. Limit: 2,500 words. Deadline July 1. Prizes total $300. Entry fee: $10

The Munster Literature Centre
Details the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition with two thousand Euros in prizes. Limit: 3,000 words. Deadline: July 31.

Short Publications Short Story Contest
Seeks original stories from talented writers who have not been published in a nationally distributed magazine with a circulation over 5,000. Prize money totals $500. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 31.

South Carolina Fiction Project
Previously unpublished short stories up to 2,500 words are sought in this annual competition sponsored by "The Post and Courier" and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Entry fees: None. Deadline: January 15. Prizes: Twelve cash awards of $500. Open only to residents of South Carolina.

SpecFicWorld's Annual Speculative Fiction Contest
Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror stories up to 10,000 words are required. Entry fee: $6. Cash prizes total $325. Deadline: March 15.

Springtime Writers
If judged entertaining and well-written, publishes short stories or excerpts on-line. No entry fees or royalties.

Toasted Cheese Fiction Contests
Toasted Cheese Literary Journal currently offers three short story contests on given themes, each year. No entry fees. Modest prizes. Deadlines vary.

Tom Howard Short Story Contest
A prestigious annual contest for original short stories or prose pieces of less than 8,000 words. Both published and unpublished stories, articles, essays, etc., are welcome. The contest closes at the end of March each year, and re-opens in mid-August. Entry fee: $10. Prize awards for the 13th annual contest in 2004-5 total $2,575, plus free copies of the published anthology of winning works.

True Life Story Contest
A short story contest looking for true life stories in the categories of friendships, animals, Christmas, and amazing coincidences. Prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 (Canadian) will be awarded for winning submissions received on or before August 30, 2004. Word limit: 3,000. No entry fees.

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