Writers, it’s not too late to submit to the 2014 Arkansas Times Fiction Contest. We’re looking for short stories which, in some significant or minor way, engage the question of what it means to live in Arkansas in 2014. The First Place winner will receive $250 and Second Place will receive $150. Winners will also be published as the centerpiece of our Fiction Issue this December. Trenton Lee Stewart, Arkansas native and bestselling author of the “Mysterious Benedict Society” series and the Arkansas-set “Flood Summer,” has agreed to serve as our Guest Judge.

Submissions must be previously unpublished (this is important) and should be no longer than 3,000 words. Writers must currently live in Arkansas to submit. In the interest of fairness, stories will be passed on to Mr. Stewart anonymously, and the deadline for all submissions will be Monday, November 10, at 5 p.m. (that’s a week from today). Send your short story (one per applicant, please) to will@arktimes.com, with the subject line “Fiction Contest.”