May 10, 2022

Summer Solstice Writing Contest

We are delighted to announce that there’s a Summer Solstice writing contest again this year. We had a great story last year, and are eager to see what you can do this year.

Although “Weather” is the theme for 2022, you do not need to include it as part of these submissions (but it is still the focal point for the rest of the year). You may if you wish to.

The stories should be between 1000-2000 words. Those are firm length requirements.

The submissions window opens at 12 a.m., EST, June 10 and closes at 11:59 p.m., EST, on June 13.

All other rules about submissions apply, except pay amounts. No exceptions. Find the standard rules here. Just put your last name and summer Solstice in the subject line.

Pay will be $100. Only one story will be chosen. If you’d like to read last year’s terrific winning story, here it is!

We’re also debuting the special image designed by our ace art director, Amanda Bergloff, today. The main image is “Midsummer Eve,” by Edward Robert Hughes, 1908. It’s a favorite image for millions for a good reason. It’s genuinely magical and Amanda has designed the whole look very well indeed. You’ll see it with the winning story and merchandise in our Zazzle store soon.

And if you’re a Patreon patron or would like to be, put June 20 on your calendar. That’s when we’ll be holding our annual Summer Solstice Social. More details to come.