$10 ENTRY FEE. The HerStories Project will award $500 to one submission for Best Essay and $100 to two runners-up. All three essays will be published in the book, and each winner will receive a paperback copy. Previously unpublished stories between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Deadline December 1, 2014. Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggles will be a unique anthology with the goal of breaking that silence.