That's the way the editors describe the Missouri Review's 21st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize Contest in Fiction, Essay and Poetry.  Here's why:

* Top prizes are $5,000 in Fiction, $5,000 in Poetry and $5,000 in Essay.

* $20 Entry Fee per entry, which entitles entrant to a one-year subscription of The Missouri Review (print or digital).

* For compete guidelines and downloadable entry form, visit the contest website.

* The postmark deadline is October 1, so get writing!
* In the past, selected winning entries have been included in the "Best American" series.

* If you have any questions about the contest, e-mail

Good luck!