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The deadline is approaching for The Buffalo News Short Story Contest. All local writers are invited to take part. The top stories will appear in The News' Spotlight section Dec. 23.

Stories can be up to 1,750 words (including the opening paragraphs). They must be typewritten and double-spaced if not sent electronically via email.

Email your story to bookclub@buffnews.com, or, mail it to Melinda Miller, Features Editor; The Buffalo News, 1 News Plaza, Buffalo NY 14240. Include your name, address and daytime phone number.

Entries must be received by Monday.