The theme of this year's Creative Loafing Fiction Contest stays close to home: Ybor City.
We're accepting submissions from now through Dec. 12 at cltampa.com/YborFiction. Entrants can incorporate Ybor in any way and in any era: as setting, as idea, as part of a character's biography, whatever works. You can base your story in Ybor's past, present or future, or conjure up an Ybor that is entirely imaginary. You don't even have to set your story in Ybor, but Ybor must inform the story's events in some way.
Stories can be no longer than 3,000 words. A team of judges will select a top 10, and readers will be able to vote on their favorites beginning Dec. 17. The judges' winner receives $500; the readers' choice wins $250. The winning story (or stories) will be published in the Jan. 3, 2013 issue of Creative Loafing, and winners will be invited to read their work at a public event in January in CL Space, Creative Loafing's events venue.
Submission deadline is Wed. Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. You'll find all the details at cltampa.com/YborFiction.