Community Ties Writing Contest

Update 12/7/2017:

The winners of the Community Ties Writing Contest have been announced!

First Place: Anna Loden

Runners-up: Dan J. Kolar, Claudia Clinchard

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story to this contest.  We will keep these up for the public to read until the end of the year.

Lastly, Indigo Bridge is not holding an open mic night for adult entrants on Saturday, December 9th.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding.



What ties us to the places we call home?


Did your family choose Lincoln to relocate for work? Or maybe you moved here because UNL was your first choice college.  Did you come to America and make Lincoln your new home? Or has your family lived here for longer than anyone can remember?  What do you do in our community that connects you to others? Where have you gone to feel safe and supported? What does Lincoln mean to you?

If you have a deep connection to Lincoln or have made lasting connections here, write your story down and share it with Indigo Bridge.

Enter this contest and you could receive a grand prize including a gift basket from the store worth $100 and publication in the Lincoln Journal Star’s Neighborhood Extra.  The first two runners-up will receive a gift basket from Indigo Bridge worth $50.

The grand prize will be awarded to the best Lincoln-focused fiction or nonfiction piece set in and involving characters, people, communities, and/or places in or near Lincoln, Nebraska.

We are seeking submissions from writers of a broad variety of backgrounds to capture the vibrant atmosphere of Lincoln and the many reasons we call it home. Entrants are encouraged to share personal stories of their most memorable experiences in Lincoln.

Stories should be less than 1,000 words and may be fiction or nonfiction.  All entries are required to abide by our safe spaces policy.

All qualifying entries will be posted for viewing below as soon as they are submitted.

Contest Rules

By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules. Contest rules are subject to change.

How to Enter:

To enter online, please email your typed, double-spaced story (1,000 words maximum and preferably as a Word document) along with the title, your name, and a phone number to To enter via postal mail, send a titled copy, your name, e-mail address, and a phone number to Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe (701 P St, Ste #102 | Lincoln, NE 68508). Postal submissions must be postmarked before November 1st and received before November 8th, 2017. Online submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM on November 8th, 2017.

Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Essays should be submitted at a maximum of 1,000 words and typed and double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Essays exceeding this length or handwritten may not be considered.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, or incomplete entries, postage-due mail, or entries not received for any reason. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering, the entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium, and (3) has not won an award.

Open to any residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Indigo Bridge and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries and participating advertising and promotion agencies (including members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.


All entries will be judged by a group of established writers, professors, professionals, and Indigo staff members living in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Entries will be judged based on their originality, theme appropriateness, and use of language. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or email after December 1st, 2017.

Prize description:

The winner of this contest will receive a gift basket from the store worth $100 and publication in the Lincoln Journal Star’s Neighborhood Extra.  The first two runners-up will receive a gift basket from Indigo Bridge worth $50.  The prizes are awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. THE PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE.


All qualifying entries will be posted for viewing below.

My Life in Lincoln by Patrick Helwig

A Parable of Darkness by Dan J. Kolar

Car Troubles and a Beach Boys Concert by Joel Green

My Happy Place by Amy Fairchild

Lincoln Nebraska Blood by Judy Ostiguy Griesse

Back Home by Chad J. Bring

An Old Town From a New Perspective by Rachel Hobbs

The Watchful Citizen by Keith Roland

I Know Nebraska Women by Beth Sachtjen

Imaginary Lung Cancer by Peter Schnake

Lifesaving Libraries by Anna Loden

A Galaxy With a Dinosaur by Hannah Gavle

Hole in the Wall by Claudia Clinchard