Extreme Shorts

Poster of matchbook covers showing how much room there is for a short story.

Submit Your 2019 Matchbook Story Contest Here Before November 15th!!!

Calling all writers! We’re taking submissions for our 3rd annual Matchbook Story Contest! Stories must be about 50 words or less—short enough to fit on the inside of a matchbook cover. The winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to the Library Shop, 50 copies of the printed matchbook, publication in the SDPL e-newsletter, and a limited exhibition of your Matchbook Story in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room. The entry fee is just $5, the deadline to submit is November 15th, and all proceeds support the San Diego Public Library! Go to the form to enter.

2018’s First Place Winner by Cristina Schaffer

The smell of garlic sizzling woke me up. Mom was home. Hadn’t seen her in four days. Mahjong. Sometimes she won, mostly she didn’t. I dressed for school. At least I got fried rice and spam this morning.