At 5/27/10 03:56 PM, scottmale24 wrote:
Am I also allowed to do this?
No one is excluded from submitting a piece.
And any restrictions on length?
Write a short story. From wiki:
See the article novella for related debate about length.
Determining what exactly separates a short story from longer fictional formats is problematic. A classic definition of a short story is that one should be able to read it in one sitting, a point most notably made in Edgar Allan Poe's essay "The Philosophy of Composition" (1846). Other definitions place the maximum word length at anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 words. As a point of reference for the science fiction genre writer, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America defines short story length in its Nebula Awards for science fiction submission guidelines as having a word count of less than 7,500. In contemporary usage, the term short story most often refers to a work of fiction no longer than 20,000 words and no shorter than 1,000. For instance, Mary Doyle Springer in her book Forms of the Modern Novella (University of Chicago Press, 1975) takes the novella as a narrative of middle length (roughly 15,000 to 50,000 words) between the short story and the novel. Even so, those attempts seem arbitrary, and the writer Graham Good concedes that "there are always borderline cases". Stories with less than 1,000 words are sometimes referred to "short short stories", or "flash fiction" if they are shorter than 750 words.
Try to keep it under 20,000, and you're probably fine. It should be readable and fit in a book with other stories. That's about it in terms of length.