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Contributors should include only one short story or essay per submission. Please only send us one submission per reading period.

Each short story or essay may be up to 5,000 words in length. All work must be typed (preferably in 12 point, Times New Roman), double-spaced, and paginated. Include the title of your work and the total word count on your manuscript.

Do not include any identification or contact information on your manuscript, or in the file name. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in disqualification. We do not accept previously published prose (including self-published material in print or online at personal blogs, social media, or websites).

Finalists will be selected by Sand Hills Staff and the winner will be chosen by our guest judge, Latria Graham. The winner will receive $250.

All entrants will receive a copy of the new Sand Hills issue.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.