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Those summer nights

Published June 3, 2007


What is it about summer that makes love flourish? Is it the sunlight incubating our hearts, the time away from dreary obligations, the romantic spray of salt air?

Or could it be the lighter clothing?

Come on, you know. So tell us. We're holding a writing contest with cash prizes for the best stories about summer romance. Don't just hold forth on the subject of love. Tell us a story: I met her on the beach, in the empty loose-leaf notebook of August . . .

Funny is good. Poignant is good. Cloyingly sweet is bad. True is an absolute must - no fiction.

You get 300 words, no more. We'll publish the winners before the kids go back to school. First place receives $200, second $100 and third $50.

Mail to SUMMER ESSAY CONTEST, Floridian, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail

The deadline is June 18.

Mike Wilson, Assistant Managing Editor/Newsfeatures

[Last modified June 2, 2007, 18:39:31]

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