Fiction 101, Bad Cartoon, Cover Auction 

There are typically a couple of things that I intend to mention with these Editor's Notes, but wordy SOB that I am, more often than not, the business portion of the column gets cut in favor of whatever rambling I get caught up with.

This week I'll cut to the chase.

First, the deadline for submissions to Boise Weekly's annual Fiction 101 contest is fast approaching. Entries are due at BWHQ no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6; all entries (typed, please) must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee per story and--of course--contain exactly 101 words, not counting the title. Sorry, no poetry. Winners get cash and we'll publish a pile of the best submissions in the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of BW.

Speaking of our favorite reader contests, the deadline for Bad Cartoon is also looming. Now in its 12th year celebrating the most awful art and weird writing you can muster, Bad Cartoon entries need to be at our office no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8.

As with Fiction 101, send us your best (or in this case, worst) along with $10 per entry. If you want your work back, send it with a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with whatever other random information you think we need to decipher your work.

Top prize takes home all the entry fee cash, and we'll publish all the badness on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The winner gets to live on in our subsequent Bad Cartoon ad campaigns.

Submissions for Fiction 101 and Bad Cartoon can be hand-delivered to 523 Broad St. in downtown Boise. If you're going send via snail mail, don't include cash. And just so you know, no BW staff or freelancers are allowed to enter either contest.

Also coming up is our 12th annual Cover Auction, which we want to make double sure you've marked on your calendar (don't worry, we'll mention it again). This year's auction will take place at Visual Arts Collective on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and feature, as always, original artwork that has been published on the cover of Boise Weekly throughout 2013.

Food, booze, bidding on art--all good things, but even better, proceeds go directly to grants benefiting local art. This year, that includes Boise Weekly itself.

For more info on all our upcoming deadlines and events, check

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