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The contest of the century

Local writers: Here's your chance to say goodbye to the century (or the millennium) and win a contest to boot.

The Times Festival of Reading is holding a literary contest called "Life at the end of the millennium (or the century)." The winners _ up to 20 _ will be invited to read their winning submissions at the Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 10 at Eckerd College. Their work will be published in an anthology titled World Enough, which will be available at the festival. The Writer's Voice of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA will judge the contest.

Writers can submit their work in three categories:

Poetry _ verse written in standard stanza form.

Prose poetry _ poetry that appears on the page in prose form.

"Flash" fiction _ short-short fiction that is 750 words or less.

Only one submission per category is allowed. Submissions must be typed and cannot exceed five typed, double-spaced pages. Work may be published or unpublished, and in any style _ the only requirement is quality. There is no entrance fee.

The writer's name, address, telephone number, the title of the work and the category to which he or she is submitting should be included on a separate page so the work can be judged anonymously. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Aug. 25 and must include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of winners. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified. Winners will be selected by Sept. 15.

Address all submissions to: Gianna Russo, The Writer's Voice, 110 E Oak Ave., Tampa, FL 33602. For information, call 224-9622 in Tampa.