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After a brief hiatus, the Washington City Paper Fiction Issue is back! Whether you’ve been published in literary journals the world over or have only written for yourself, we want to hear from you.

We are looking for unpublished stories of no more than 2,000 words that are firmly rooted in D.C. Take your readers outside the federal core of the city and into neighborhoods. Tell stories that are not just about the District, but of it.

Leading the judging panel this year will be writer, producer, and all-around literary maven Tayla Burney, the mind behind the Get Lit D.C. newsletter. All entries will be judged blind and any identifying information about the writer will be removed before stories are read. Our favorite submissions will be published in the January 3, 2019 issue of City Paper. And yes, we’ll even supply a small cash prize to the winner and City Paperswag to runners-up.

To enter, email a PDF of your story to fiction@washingtoncitypaper.com by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2018. Please include your preferred method of contact in the body of the email.

Stay tuned for more details about future events related to the Fiction Issue. In the meantime, get writing!