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Matchbook Story Contest

Calling all writers! The Library Shop is hosting a short story contest, all proceeds of which support the San Diego Public Library. And when we say short, we mean SHORT. Submissions must fit on the inside of a matchbook cover! The winning author will have their story printed on the official Library Shop matchbook, will receive 50 free copies of the matchbook, a $50 gift certificate to the Library Shop, publication in the SDPL Library Connections e-newsletter, and a limited engagement exhibition run in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room’s tiny book display here at the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

The winner will be announced Saturday November 25th, 2017 during the Library Shop's festivities for Small Business Saturday.

Entry Rules

1. Entries may be on any subject in any genre (including poetry)

2. Each entry must be the original work of the submitting author.

3. Stories must fit within the print area of a matchbook: w 1-5/16” h 1-4/16”  
There is no definite word count limit, but a good gauge is that 7 pt font size fits approximately 40 words. Use the downloadable template for an exact print area.

4. Entry fee is $5.00 per story, authors can submit up to 5 stories.

5. Entries can be submitted online (by following the link to the right) or in the store, but physical copies cannot be returned. 

6. All Entries must be paid for and submitted by 11:59 pm 11/1/17

Click here for a downloadable version of the rules. 

For online submissions, you will be charged CA sales tax. This is an unavoidable part of our e-commerce site, we apologize for the inconvenience. 

Some Fine Print:

The matchbook story will be printed for sale by the Library Shop, a non-profit organization supporting the San Diego Public Library. You will retain the rights to your story, however, by entering the contest you grant the Library Shop and contest affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish and sell reproductions of your story in full both in print and online, and to display your full name and story in connection to the contest winner. Good luck!

Entry Form Matchbook Story Contest

Entry form and fee for the Matchbook Short Story Contest. Once added to your shopping cart, complete your submission by paying the entry fee at check out. Writers can submit multiple entries in 2 ways:

1- Click "Submit A Story" and fill out contest pop-up form with first story (click "submit a story" a second time to add it to your cart). Then repeat as desired, up to 5 times. 

2- Before clicking "Submit A Story" change the quantity to desired number of submissions, then fill out the contest pop-up form with total stories -- making sure to clearly delineate space between each entry.  (click "submit a story" a second time to add it to your cart).

All stories must fit on the inside of a standard matchbook cover 1-5/16" x 1-4/16"

Questions? Email:  Phone: 619.236.5802

Submit a Story