Short story contest #35 launched on December 15, 2019. Its premise is


For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words in which one or more characters face this problem: there is more than one of something there absolutely, positively should be only one of.

GENRE RULES: No children's fiction, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of well-known fictional worlds/characters created by other authors.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 6, 2020

***SPECIAL WARNING*** We're not sure why, but the heading under the contest name above says the deadline is March 7. It is not--it is 11:59 PM Eastern Time Friday, March 6. We'll talk to Submittable about it and we'll remove this message when the problem is fixed.

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