From March 2 to April 3, take part in the Penn State Short Edition spring contest. Submit your short story or poem to have the chance to be published in our Penn State Short Story dispensers across the Commonwealth! Nothing is easier: read the rules below and submit your short story or poem.


Our spring contest theme is:

"April Showers"


To be accepted, your short story or poem must be significantly tied to this theme and be vetted by our Short Edition Editorial Board.


The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers." Weather often ushers in new opportunities or seasons. Beyond the seasons, weather often influences our mood and can impact the things we do. A sunny day can make a bad day better, and a constant pitter-patter of rain can keep us inside. We want your best writing using weather as a central element of your submission. What role can weather play? How can weather set the tone? How does climate influence our day-to-day lives? How does the weather influence the mood of your submission? What emotions could the weather bring about for your characters? Let your imagination run wild with this prompt.


Submit your best short story or poem that includes weather (rain, thunderstorm, snow, etc.) as the setting or an element of your submission. As a reminder, submission lengths are:


Submit your work by April 3 to be considered. Stories and poems accepted by our Editorial Board will be published on our Short Edition website and the public will be able to vote for their favorites. Five winners will be chosen from across the Commonwealth and each will win $100 and have their story or poem published on our dispensers. Honorable mentions will also be chosen and those authors will also have their story or poem published on our dispensers.


Questions about this contest can be directed to Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Coordinator, University Libraries at hmf14@psu.edu.


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