In order to honor the author Bess Streeter Aldrich from Nebraska and to recognize outstanding writing, the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation is calling for participation in its Short Story Contest 2022, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Authors are encouraged to write a fictional short story written in the healthy spirit of Bess Streeter Aldrich in their works while incorporating a topic related to Nebraska’s economy, history, cultural diversity and / or geography (past, present and / or Future) focused. . The story length should be 1,000 to 2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category).
A list of the author’s books that attendees can read to familiarize themselves with Aldrich’s work is available on the Foundation’s website at www.bessstreeteraldrich.org. Exceptional examples are Aldrich’s bestselling novel “A Lantern in Her Hand”, “The Cutters” (the foundation’s book in 2021) or a collection of short stories. Please no essays.
The prizes are awarded at an annual event on the second Sunday in June. Adults receive cash prizes for first place, $ 100; second place, $ 50; and third place, $ 25. High School (Grades 9-12), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Middle School (Grades 3-5) awards include first place, $ 50; second place, $ 25; and third place, $ 15.