2009 Essence Writing Contest

9/18/08 Update: The new link to the official rules has been added below. 

Deadline : Postmarked by September 30, 2009
PRIZES: One First Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and publication of her or his contest entry in a winter 2009 issue of ESSENCE magazine.

Has your love of reading books translated into a desire to write–I know that’s what happened for me, and may be a dream of some of you. Essence Magazine is holding its annual short fiction writing contest with the winner to be announced at the 2009 Essence Literary Awards.

I got my start–and my confidence–via short stories and I encourage all those who meet the eligibility requirement of the official rules to give it a try. Good luck to all of you who plan to submit. Please hurry though because the deadline is just a month away.

Please go to Essence website for the official rules here.

Good Luck.