$50 and publication; finalists will also be considered for publication in a special edition.
Words are important. Words are so powerful that certain ones have been weaponized to use against specific groups of people. The one selected for this contest is more incendiary than ever. Submit a story, essay, poem, or art piece that tells us about that word’s appearance in your life: When did you first encounter the word? Have you taken on this word and ones like it as a rallying cry? Have you ever used it to refer to someone else?
Send us your rants, your ribald comedy, a poem, or a photo that cuts to the core. You do not have to use the word within your submission as long as you are conjuring the essence of some element of this word and its use. Visit the guidelines on Sunspot’s Contests page to learn the actual word.
Senior Editor Laine Cunningham