Short Story Contest


Too many STORIES in your head?
Don't miss the
22nd annual 

2020 VLP 
Short Story Contest!

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Noon - 3 p.m.
McKusick Technology Center 101, 
USD Campus

Enter the Vermillion Literary Project's 22nd annual Short Story contest. 
The winning story will be published in the 2020 VLP journal, Red Coyote, and earns 
a whopping $100 prizeA $50 prize and publication will also be awarded for 2nd place.

The contest is open to anyone. Contestants should arrive no later than 11:45 the McKusick Technology Center, Room 101.Computers will be available, but you can also handwrite your story.
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The catch? Contestants are given a theme, word, or phrase not revealed until the contest begins. Contestants must then write their entire story-start to finish-on-site in 3 hours, with the theme figuring prominently in the story. Winners will be notified via email and announced here on our website.

To register, click on the contest registration form link below. Fill out the form and mail with an entry fee check made out to the VLP, to: VLP, USD Dakota Hall 212, 414 E Clark, Vermillion SD 57069-2390 by October 30 for early registration. After that date, and on the day of the contest, late registration fees will apply. You can also drop your form & fee off in the USD English Dept., Dakota Hall 212. Registration fees cannot be refunded. Questions? Call 605-677-5229 or e-mail us at
 For more info about VLP, explore our website!

  VLP Short Story Contest
 General Public
 USD Faculty and Staff
 USD Students with Current ID
 Early registration (postmarked by 10/30/20) $20.00 $10.00 $5.00
Late registration  (after 10/25/19 or on day of contest):
 $25.00 $12.00 $7.00

Subpages (1): 2019 Contest Winners
Marcella Remund,
Sep 29, 2020, 11:11 AM
Marcella Remund,
Sep 30, 2020, 5:13 AM