The mighty hippopotamus spends up to 16 hours a day immersed in water—and, in summer, we at Hippo love water, too: Reclining beside it with a book in hand. Floating in it, dreaming dreams of great reads to come. Drinking it all in, cool in the throat like the perfect sentence. We sense a theme here…So, in celebration of summer and great summer reading, we are planning on running a fiction series over the summer—8-10 finely-crafted stories that will sink our readers deep into a good read. If you have a story of 5,000 words or less that you'd like to share with our wide audience of thoughtful, well-read readers (think of them reading your story on the dock with a chilled drink in hand), please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase "Summer Fiction" in the title by June 15th, 2015. Image Credit: Loren Kerns via Flickr.