Contest #24

Contest #24 officially launched on July 13, 2014. Its premise is


What is property? What has it? Who owns it? Who needs it? Who gets it? How does it work?

Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that focuses on at least one of the many aspects/definitions of the word property. You can even write a story about the property
of a thing if you want. (For instance, sweetness is a property of sugar.) Or you can take a more conventional definition and focus on that.

No children’s fiction, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top gross-out horror. Anything other genre is fine.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 3, 2014.

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Remember to take all identifying information out of your story! Tell us who you are in the space provided for the cover letter, NOT in your story! No headers, no bylines... just the story.

If your contest entry does not get selected for publication, we will critique it for $15 (US dollars). See here for more details.

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