There are a lot of aspiring novelists out there; there are far fewer published novelists.

Writing a novel is hard. It’s much longer than a blog post and takes a lot of time, effort, and concentration. Medium wants to make it easy for you.

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), we’re looking for your best works of short fiction—not whole novels but perhaps snippets from your novel-in-progress or a short story. A judge will select a winner from the “Medium’s Fiction Writing Contest” collection to receive $2,012.

Need inspiration? Check out Michelle Richmond’s post, “How to Write a Novel: 10 Steps.”

There are just a few rules to our contest:

• There are no restrictions on content, but you are limited to one submission per author. Submissions must be in English.
• You must follow all Medium Terms of Service, including the Rules.
• You must be a U.S. resident; Arizona residents are prohibited from entering. (Sorry, this one isn’t ours: Some places have their own contest laws and regulations.)
• You must post your story in the “Medium’s Fiction Writing Contest” collection.
• The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2012.
• Vote for your favorite work(s) with the “Recommend” button at the bottom of each post.
• When promoting your story, please use the hashtag #MediumFiction.
• The deadline for voting is December 31, 2012. A judge will select the winner among the top three ranked submissions.

Check out the official rules here and FAQ here.

Not on Medium’s early access list? Email us your story at yourfriends@medium.com (make sure you include your Twitter handle), and we’ll respond with posting instructions.

Questions? Email yourfriends@medium.com. Good luck!