'Holiday on Ice' writing contest deadline is Feb. 15 The Thanksgiving everyone except the cook gets food poisoning. The Mother's Day when Joe's mother announces she's entering a nunnery. The Christmas you receive a stop-smoking kit as your only present ? Ramadan, Father's Day, Kwanzaa, Independence Day, Valentine's Day, Rosh Hashanah, Native American Day, Mardi Gras, Martin Luther King Day, Easter, and so on. There are so many possibilities.
The Vermillion Literary Project seeks outstanding literary works in which you put a "holiday on ice" � sculpt a revealing moment or arresting tale into a poem, short story, or essay (creative non-fiction). Works with a South Dakota connection are especially welcome. Sentimentality is discouraged.
Winners will be published in the 2005 VLP Magazine and will receive two copies of the issue containing the winning works. The contest judge is Professor Lee Ann Roripaugh, an award-winning writer and teacher at The University of South Dakota.
Contest guidelines: Manuscripts must be submitted with a cover page listing the author's name, mailing address, phone number, and email address; names should not appear on the works themselves. Submissions will not be returned.
An entry fee, payable to the Vermillion Literary Project, must accompany all submissions: $5 for a single work; $10 for multiple works (up to six) by a single author. Submissions and entry fees should be mailed to The VLP Holidays on Ice Contest, Dakota Hall 226, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390.
No e-mail submissions accepted. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15. (The deadline has been extended from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15.)