The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, in its seventh year, is open for submissions.

The contest, organized by Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books, invites writers to submit stories of 500 to 3,500 words that feature Rehoboth Beach and fit the year’s theme, “Beach Dreams.”

The first-place winner will receive $500, second-place $250 and third-place $100. The top 20-25 stories will appear in the anthology Beach Dreams, which will be published by Cat & Mouse Press in November.

The theme “Beach Dreams” was suggested and voted on by members of the Cat & Mouse Press Community, a private Facebook group made up of writers and illustrators published by Cat & Mouse Press, including those whose work appeared in previous anthologies.

Judges for the 2019 contest are Tyler Antoine, program librarian at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library; Stephanie Fowler, writer and owner of Salt Water Media, a company that provides products and services to authors; Lois Hoffman, owner of The Happy Self-Publisher, and author of “Write a Book, Grow Your Business” and “The Self-Publishing Roadmap”; Laurel Marshfield, professional writer, ghostwriter, developmental editor and book coach; Mary Pauer, writer, developmental editor and national contest judge; and Hal Wilson, writer, fiction editor for “The Delmarva Review” and host of “Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition” for Delmarva Public Radio.

The deadline for entry is July 1. The fee to enter is $10 per entry, and each writer can submit up to three stories. Entries are judged on creativity, quality of writing, suitability as a beach read and fit with the theme. Potential entrants are encouraged to read “How to Write Winning Short Stories,” available at local bookstores and online, and look at the previous books in the series to see the kinds of stories that were selected in previous years.

Contest information and guidelines are available at catandmousepress.com and facebook.com/rehobothbeachreads.