Daniel Handler, better known to young fans as Lemony Snicket, will be this year's final judge for the Charlotte Writers' Club's Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest.
The club is accepting entries until May 17. Short stories can be on any subject, between 1,500 and 4,000 words. They must be unpublished.
The club will provide preliminary judging. Handler, author of literary novels as well as his Lemony Snicket series for children, will choose the winners.
This year's top prize is an Apple iPad 2. Winners will be announced in September. Complete details: http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/.