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The Cabin is now accepting submissions for the eighth annual Writers in the Attic writing competition. Idaho poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers are encouraged to send their work on the one-word theme, "Apple."  

About the Theme
 2020’s theme is the shining symbol of health, and the moniker of a famous daughter. Long rumored as the forbidden fruit that transferred the knowledge of good and evil, this mischievous object bonked Newton on the head and defined the laws of gravity. Loosely Latin for domestic evil, this is the poisonous vessel of Snow White’s deep sleep, and the rotten core of a schoolyard bully—but also the sole object on earth holding the doctor at bay day after day. Along with Steve Jobs and his turtlenecks, our theme is the logo of California’s progressive tech mammoth, and the same golden objects Hera gave Zeus as a wedding gift, where they reside in a garden at the northern-most edge of the world. You are the apple of my eye, my favorite kind of pie… Write something 1500 words or less about one of humanity’s most timeless symbols; all we ask is that a slice of 2020’s theme “Apple” curls up from the pages like a certain-scented fall candle, or buffs through like a newly harvested bushel of good ol’ Granny Smiths.  

Submissions due Monday, February 3, 2020 at midnight through thecabin.submittable.com.

Submission Guidelines

  • Poems, fiction, and nonfiction must apply, abstractly or literally, to the theme “Apple.”
  • Keep entries under 1500 words, not including title.
  • No photos, illustrations or artwork.
  • Submissions should be typed, Times New Roman, 12pt font, and double-spaced (if prose) and in separate Microsoft Word files.
  • To allow for blind-judging, leave personal information off the submission itself.
  • The entry fee ($10 members, $15 general public) covers up to 3 poems or stories. Each poem or story will be considered separately for publication.
  • Send us your pieces by midnight the night of Monday, February 3, 2020.
  • Writers will be emailed in the spring as to whether or not their work was chosen for inclusion in the anthology!

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