As it does every year, the Richard Hugo House is asking would-be, could-be, should-be writers (as well as already-are writers) to submit poems, short stories and essays for the opportunity to be a part of the Capitol Hill writing center's literary series through its New Works Competition.
They only ask that you writers adhere to a theme, this year's being "Born in the U.S.A." Maybe you want to recall the glory days in verse or bemoan this downbound train through an alternative history. Perhaps you would like to dash off a haiku that honors a vibrant culture where there is no surrender, or maybe you just wish to write up a vignette of a country dancin' in the dark as the whole ship is goin' down, down, down, down.*
Whatever it is, you just need to write it up (no more than 1500 words, please) and send it in by January 10.
The winning entrant will have the opportunity to read his or her piece at the final Hugo Literary Series event on March 18 and will receive a $500 prize. That's all well and good, but what we are really excited about here is that we will be publishing the winning work in the Ampersand section of City Arts Magazine.
So, get writting!
*My sincerest apologies to Mr. Bruce Springsteen and to you, dear reader. Please note that you are not expected, nor encouraged to ape the work of the Boss, as I have done.