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Winners and Favorites from Our 2015 Short-Fiction Contest
Written By: Administrator
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2015-10-29 11:47:57

Our 2015 short-fiction contest featured 15 prompts from spooky fiction both famous (Dracula, Frankenstein, ’Salem’s Lot) and obscure. Entrants were required to include one of the prompts and craft a story in fewer than 250 additional words.

Here are our winners and favorites. Enjoy!


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Enter the Reader’s 2015 Short-Fiction Contest: Spooky Stories! October 20 Deadline!
Written By: Administrator
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2015-09-24 15:14:45

Our 2015 short-fiction contest features 15 creepy prompts, and the deadline for entries is 9 a.m. on October 20.

We’ll publish winners and favorites in the October 29 issue of the River Cities’ Reader – just in time for Halloween. Stories don’t need to be scary, but ... ’tis the season.

The rules:

A) Entries, including titles, must be 250 words or fewer – not counting the passage required in Rule G. We recommend being careful or leaving some breathing room.

B) Entries must be typed.

C) Entries must include the author’s name, mailing address, and daytime phone number.

D) Entries must be previously unpublished.

E) Entries must be received by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. We will accept submissions by e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Fiction Contest” as the subject line); mail (532 W. 3rd St., Davenport IA 52801, with “Fiction Contest” on the envelope); and fax (563-323-3101). Please do not request confirmation of receipt.

F) People may submit as many as five entries, but no more than one for any given prompt.

G) All stories must include one of the 15 passages below. Outside of using a given passage within the story, no fidelity or relationship to the source is required.


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Winners from the Reader’s 2015 Photo Contest
Written By: Administrator
Section: Art

Category: Photography

2015-06-11 11:46:03

Many thanks to those who submitted entries to our 2015 photography contest, with the categories “On the Waterfront,” “School’s Out,” “Summer in the City,” and “Hot Stuff!” Our favorites are presented here, along with any comments from the photographer. Click on each photo for a larger version.

Photo by Terry Skaggs

Summer in the City, Second Place
Terry Skaggs

“Because of road construction, we had the bridge to ourselves. We floated there for a time with the sound of a ballgame in the stadium on one side and music from Ya Maka My Weekend on the other. It was a dreamlike no man’s land where the sunset roared in reds and golds. We were happily abandoned between two worlds, alone among the crowds.”

Photo by Aric Keil

Hot Stuff, Third Place
Aric Keil

“Clouds of steam rising from the Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.”


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“I’m with the Banned!”: Winners and Favorites from Our 2014 Short-Fiction Contest
Written By: Administrator
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2014-09-18 11:30:24

Our challenged-books-themed “I’m with the Banned!” short-fiction contest drew 52 entries, and we’re pleased to present 22 of our favorite stories here. Authors were required to include one of 20 prompts from frequently banned or challenged books (the full list is at RCReader.com/y/fiction) and were limited to 250 words beyond that.

We’ll be hosting a reading of winning and favorite entries at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, at the Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus Drive). We hope to see you there to help celebrate Banned Books Week!


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Enter the Reader’s 2014 Short-Fiction Contest: I’m with the Banned! Deadline September 2!
Written By: Administrator
Section: News/Features

Category: Literature

2014-07-17 18:53:57

For our 2014 short-fiction contest – co-sponsored by the Bettendorf Public Library – we’re celebrating banned and challenged books. Our 20 prompts are all drawn from famous (and sometimes infamous) novels that school boards, governments, or other arbiters of taste and morality didn’t want people to read.

The deadline for entries is September 2.

We’ll publish winners and favorites in the September 18 issue of the River Cities’ Reader – just in time for Banned Books Week, which this year runs September 21 through 27.

We’re also planning an event featuring readings of winning and favorite stories at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, in the Bettendorf Room of the Bettendorf Public Library. More details will be announced later.


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