Our Third Annual Matchbook Story Contest is Now Open!

Submit Your 2019 Matchbook Story Contest Here Before November 15th!!!


Calling all writers! We’re taking submissions for our 3rd annual Matchbook Story Contest! Stories must be about 50 words or less—short enough to fit on the inside of a matchbook cover. The winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to the Library Shop, 50 copies of the printed matchbook, publication in the SDPL e-newsletter, and a limited exhibition of your Matchbook Story in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room. The entry fee is just $5, the deadline to submit is November 15th, and all proceeds support the San Diego Public Library! Scroll down and click the entry form below to get started!


2018’s Matchbook Story Contest Winners!

First Place: Cristina Schaffer

The smell of garlic sizzling woke me up. Mom was home. Hadn’t seen her in four days. Mahjong. Sometimes she won, mostly she didn’t. I dressed for school. At least I got fried rice and spam this morning.

Second Place: Elma Trinidad

I couldn’t cross you Two parallel lines onwards upwards never meeting again

Third Place: Marilyn Rudoff

My brain cracking open in a wily fire sparks small illuminations some call art.

2017’s Matchbook Story Contest Winner:

First Place: Tara Gilboy

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