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‘Fiction’ back for 12th year

Attention all storytellers: Entries are being accepted in The Acorn’s 2021 Fiction in a Nutshell competition, which calls for complete stories of 100 words or fewer (title not included).

All topics are invited. Fiction only (no memoir or real life tales).

This is the contest’s 12th year, and popular genres include science fiction, romance, comedy, adventure and even horror. Each year our themes include animals, humor, emotions, danger and despair—and surprise endings that leave us amazed.

Your story must be a completely original work; only one entry per person. Strive for creativity in plot, characters and literary style.

Need inspiration? Check out last year’s cool winners here.

Entries must be unpublished and have no prior internet, blog or social media postings.

Enter one of two age categories: under 18 years old and 18 and over. The winner in each group will receive a $100 prize and see their stories published in the Acorn Newspapers and online. Runners-up will also be spotlighted.

The deadline to submit is Fri, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced Thurs., Nov. 11 and Fri., Nov. 12.

Please submit your 100-word story as a Word .doc attachment or in the body of the email to your Acorn newspaper:

The Acornnewstip@theacorn.com (Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park)

Thousand Oaks Acorntonewstip@theacorn.com

Simi Valley Acornsimi@theacorn.com

Moorpark Acornmoorpark@theacorn.com

Camarillocamarillo@theacorn.com

Please include name, age, contact info and city of residence.