The Associated Colleges of the Midwest sponsors the Nick Adams Short Story Contest, which is named for the young hero of many Hemingway stories. The contest was established in 1973 with funds from an anonymous donor to encourage young writers. A cash award of $1000 is given to the winner. Mary Parker, English and French double major at Grinnell College, was named the 2004 Contest Winner for her story "Entropy."
Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Rules and Guidelines
1. Entrants must be currently enrolled Grinnell College students in good standing, but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course.
2. Submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but stories cannot have been previously published off-campus.
3. Each manuscript is limited to 10,000 words.
4. Each submission should include a removable title page or cover sheet with the author's name as well as the author's campus and home addresses. The author's name should not appear anywhere else in the submission.
5. The title of the story must also appear on the first page of the story.
6. No more than two entries may be the work of one student.
7. Submit entries to the Academic Support Office in Mears 103. Also submit an electronic copy to [montgomm[at]grinnell[dot]edu]. No late entries will be accepted.
8. Grinnell College may submit a maximum of four entries to the ACM faculty committee. A small committee of ACM faculty members will screen the stories. Approximately six stories will then be submitted for final judging by a notable author outside the consortium.
9. The winner of the contest will be announced in May and will receive an award check for $1,000. The prize will be awarded only if the final reader finds a story of sufficient excellence.
Please direct any inquiries about the contest to Dean Bakopoulos, English Department, 215 Mears Cottage, bakopoul[at]grinnell[dot]edu.