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Hey! In early 2013, Washington City Paper will publish a fiction issue, and we’re looking for contributors. FAQ below.

What kind of fiction are you looking for?

We’re looking for previously unpublished stories that are in some way of and about the District. Feel free to define that as loosely as you like, though ultimately we’ll be deciding if you pulled it off well enough to publish.

Who’s “we”?

Me, with the help of City Paper editors.

How long should my story be?

As long as it needs to be, as workshop teachers like to say. That said, the realities of alt-weekly publishing demand some constrictions. Think around 2,000 words. Stories that are much longer will have a higher hurdle to climb; institutional enthusiasm for flash fiction is, well, minimal.

What’s your idea of a good story?

Nothing firm. Surprise us. If you’re looking for inspiration, you won’t go wrong taking a look at DC Noir 2, a George Pelecanos-edited collection of classic stories set in the metro D.C. area. But there’s not a particular template to which stories should adhere.

If my story is selected, will I be paid?


A lot?


What’s the deadline?

We must receive your submission by midnight, Nov. 1, 2012.

Where do I send it?

Email your story in the body of an email to fiction@washingtoncitypaper.com. No attachments, please.