lost in the library

Prompt: Lost in the Library
No Entry Fee
Word limit: 300-750 words
Deadline: MAY 30, 2020
Submissions: email to

$100.00 first prize
$30.00 second prize
$25.00 third prize
Judges: Librarians Anne Macdonald and Molly Thompson

About the judges:

Anne Macdonald
Anne Macdonald

Anne Macdonald is business and career librarian at Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is also a writer. Her most recent short story appeared in Best American Mystery Stories of 2019. You can find out more about Anne’s writing at

Molly Thompson
Molly Thompson

Molly Thompson has been a librarian for over ten years. She is currently the campus librarian for Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. She enjoys reading (of course), yoga, writing, hiking, and cooking.

Contest Rules:

One entry per author.

Send your entry pasted into the body of an email and also as a .doc attachment (in the same email) to There are no specific font or formatting requirements, but please include the word “CONTEST” in the subject line of your email.

Fiction only, please. No poetry, essays, non-fiction or memoir. All entries must be original and unpublished. This means submissions that have been published anywhere else, including blogs, radio or TV broadcast, personal web pages, etc., will be disqualified.

Shortlisted stories and prizewinners will be published on our website and receive $20. Contest results will be announced in June 2020.

Authors retain all rights to submitted work. Deadline is May 30, 2020, midnight Mountain Standard Time.