Submit your original, unpublished short story based on one of these themes by Oct. 6, 2014.

What if the Romans won the Battle of Adrianople and the Roman Empire continued into modern times?

What if Charles Babbage's Difference Engine #1 had been constructed and worked successfully, so working computers were available in 1833?

What if the Confederate troops had taken Little Round Top and Robert E. Lee had won the Battle of Gettysburg?

What if Jim Thorpe had played baseball for the Yankees and set the home run record with a homer off young Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth?

What if African-American pilot Bessie Coleman had received financial backing to fly the Spirit of Chicago plane solo across the Atlantic in 1926?

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

• $100 grand prize

• Grand Prize Award plaque presented by Dr. Elizabeth Bird, Director of the University of South Florida Humanities Institute, at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

• Invitation to read the winning story as a presenting author at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

• Publication of the winning story on the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education and USF Humanities Institute website

Four Runners-Up will receive:

• Award certificates presented by Dr. Elizabeth Bird, Director of the University of South Florida Humanities Institute at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading