by Jacob Jones
Submissions have started rolling in for the Inlander's 2013 Short Fiction Contest. So keep those typewriters clacking, Spokane. We're looking forward to reading your stories.
This year's theme is "Bridges" — real, imagined or metaphorical. You can interpret the concept however you want.
Remember, you can submit multiple stories for consideration. Just keep them shorter than 2,000 words each. Send your stories as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out additional guidelines here.
The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 22.
For a little inspiration, here's a list from The Guardian of the Top 10 bridges in literature. They include the Westminster Bridge, the Hixon Whitney Bridge and the Spanish crossing in For Whom the Bell Tolls.
In related news: Short stories often don't receive the respect of novels and larger works, but earlier this month the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature reinforced the power of short stories by honoring Canadian writer Alice Munro as "master of the contemporary short story."
For a little more inspiration, you can read some of Munro's stories in The New Yorker right here.
You can also check out our contest winners from 2010, for which the theme was "Redemption."