Fiction 101 Entries Due 

In case you missed this in the run-up to the holidays—or, as one Internet meme calls them, the peak of the "Jabba Zone," when "tradition dictates that human beings gorge themselves uncontrollably"—the time is nigh to turn in those Fiction 101 entries.

Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the submission period is closing Friday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

The judges in this year's 14th annual contest include Idaho Humanities Council Executive Director Rick Ardinger, Story Story Night emcee and co-founder Jessica Holmes, local author Christian Winn, The Cabin Executive Director Kurt Zwolfer and Greg Likins, of Rediscovered Books.

As the name of the competition suggests, entries must be works of fiction (not poetry) containing exactly 101 words. They must be typed. They must be mailed or dropped off at Boise Weekly—labeled "Fiction 101"—to 523 Broad St., Boise, ID 82702. They must accompanied by a $10 entry fee and contact information on the back, including your name, address, telephone number and, if possible, an email address.

Don't send cash in the mail. Checks should be written to Boise Weekly.

Winning stories will be published in the Jan. 6, 2016, edition of BW and cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners, as well as two honorable mentions and five judges' picks.

We know it's a tight window, but we believe in you. If you're reading this on Dec. 2, you only have to get down 50.5 words per day. Or 2.1 per hour. It's easy. I ate up 21 words with that "Jabba Zone" thing and another 17 telling you I did. So good luck and get writing.

Correction: Last week's Boise Weekly Poll ("Do you agree with Gov. Otter that the U.S. should halt its refugee resettlement program pending review?") included incorrect percentages. They should have read: Yes—49.42%; No—50.15%; I don't know—0.43%. BW regrets the error.

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