Metaphor, Weber State University’s literary journal, is holding its annual flash fiction contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place, and the winning submission will be published in the spring issue of Metaphor.

Submissions should be 250 to 1,000 words and students can submit up to three pieces. The theme for this year’s contest is “Matter of Fact,” though students are not required to include this theme in their submissions.

Metaphor is also now accepting general submissions in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, music, visual arts and film for the spring publication.

“Anyone who is interested in writing and future publication of their work, I would encourage to enter the contest as well as submit to the journal,” said Kelly Hart, editor-in-chief of Metaphor. “It’s a great way to get your work out there.”

Hart has been on the Metaphor staff for more than a year and loves the experience. She believes a common misconception students have is that they must be involved in the English program to submit to Metaphor or be on the staff.

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Metaphor contest booklet cover. (Bella Torres / The Signpost)

“To be on the staff you don’t need to be an English major,” Hart said. “We’ve had people from computer science. We have one student this semester who I believe is a botany student. That goes with submissions as well. I’m sure there are many students out there who love to write and you’re welcome to submit. “

Hart encouraged anyone who has a passion for writing to submit and share creatively. She understands students may feel anxiety to share, but believes it can be a great opportunity.

“I know it’s scary to put yourself and your writing out there, but I feel like it can also be a very good life experience and perhaps even a bit liberating to share a part of your work,” Hart said.

The deadline for the contest is Oct. 19.

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