Apologies for the delay, the new year will be a work in progress. We'll try and continue the advance notice system, however, there has been a change in contest management, so the contest itself is undergoing some minor tweaks. We'll be doing our best to get things up in three-, rather than six-month blocks of prompts. Due to the late start, the January Short Story Contest will be an Open Prompt. Write what you like, all we ask is that it be the best that you can do without having resorted to outside critique or editing help. In honor of Valentine's Day, the February Short Story contest theme will be "The Heart." Take it as you will, and may the odds be always in your favor. The prompt/theme for March will be up soon. Happy Writing!