Submissions for “Apple” are now closed. Submitters should hear back regarding the status of their submission by early July.
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.
This year’s judge is Malia Collins
Malia Collins is Idaho’s current Writer in Residence. She grew up in Hawaii and has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. She now lives in Boise with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. Malia’s published short stories and essays in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a collection of essays about Hawaii. She loves to swim in the ocean, wander in the mountains, and hike up Table Rock, particularly at sunrise. She also loves being really, really scared.