by Photo courtesy of the San Diego

The Library Shop opened submissions for its sixth annual Match Story Contest, challenging writers to fit a short story inside a book of matches. 

Entries cost $5, and there is no limit to how many stories you can submit. The Matchbook Story Contest is open to all ages. 

According to the Library Shop, all proceeds will be to support the San Diego Public Library System. This year will be particularly fruitful as each entry fee will quadruple its impact with a $5,000 matching gift donation from longtime supporter and Foundation Trustee Judith Wenker.

In celebration of the Library Foundation SD’s 20th anniversary, participants’ entries will turn $5 into $20 to support the Library.

The winning short story will be printed on a limited-edition matchbook available for purchase at the Library shop, and the winning author will receive 50 matchbooks, a $50 Library Shop gift card, publication of their story in the Library Connections e-newsletter, and exhibition of the Matchbook in the Harvey Family Rare Book Room's tiny book display.

All entries to the contest must be received by Nov. 15. 

According to organizers, the winning story will be announced on Dec. 8 during the Third Annual Shorties. 

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