In celebration of Denver's 150th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain News has commissioned eleven short stories from Colorado writers to feature in the series entitled "A Dozen on Denver: Stories to celebrate the city at 150." One story will be printed each Tuesday, beginning after Labor Day.

The writers of the stories are Margaret Coel, Joanne Greenberg, Pam Houston, Connie Willis, Nick Arvin, Sandra Dallas, Manuel Ramos, Robert Greer, Arnold Grossman, Diane Mott Davidson and Laura Pritchett. The twelfth will be the winning story from the writing contest associated with the series. The story must be an original work from a Colorado resident, set in Denver in the future, and must mention Larimer Street. It should be 2,500 words. The winner will receive a $500 prize and their story will be published in a Rocky Mountain News special section on Nov. 14.

Said newspaperman John Temple: "While I love great journalistic storytelling, I've got to admit that fiction has a special power to tell us truths about ourselves and our society that it is difficult for even the best journalism to touch." Well said, John Temple! You and the Rocky Mountain News just made my morning.