Short Fiction Contest: Want to Be an Award-Winning Author?

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Short Fiction Contest: Want to Be an Award-Winning Author?

Sindy Colindres

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Do you like to write? Do you like money? Would you like your writing to be reviewed by professionals? If you said yes to any of these questions, then enter the Bucks County Short Fiction Contest! We are in search for the top short fiction writers here in Bucks County!

You must be a Bucks resident of at least 18 years of age to submit your work. (Note: If you are a part time or full time worker at the college, you may not enter.) Don’t let this discourage any high school writers, there will be a separate Short Fiction Contest for Bucks County high school students in the spring of 2018.

Each person may submit only one short story. Short story can be up to 12 pages, double-spaced. All work must be original, unpublished, typewritten or word-processed, and accompanied with an entry form that can be found at on the Bucks website by searching they keyword “Short Fiction Contest.”

 Entry rules, as found on the website, state the following:

  1. Each entrant may submit one original short story. Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online blogs or publications.

    2. Please place the title of the story, (or an abbreviated version of the title), in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the story. Do not place your name or address on any pages of the manuscript.

    3. Stories should be typed, with one-inch margins, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font size 12. Please, no fancy, large, or tiny fonts. Black ink only. No illustrations of any sort. Entries that do not follow these rules will be disqualified.

  2. Please fill out the entry form completely.

The final judge will be author, Janet Benton. Janet Benton is the founder and director of the The Word Studio and is the author of the 2017 novel, “Lilli de Jong.” Her work has appeared in various publications such as the New York Times and the The Philadelphia Inquirer.

First, second, and third place winners will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50 respectively. Also, they will be publicly honored at a celebration and a reading at Bucks on Sunday afternoon, Dec 3.

We asked Project Administrator, Professor Elizabeth Luciano why should people enter the contest. She told us if you’ve “written something you feel could touch someone else, it needs to be heard. Chances are someone else is feeling the same way.”

Even if you do not win, it is still a great way to get your writing out there and for it to be reviewed by judges. Professor Luciano also said that there is an “excitement about sending your work out.”

Submit your entry form by 12 p.m on Thursday, Nov 2, 2017.

Check the BCCC website for any more information.

For any more questions, contact Professor Elizabeth Luciano at [email protected] or the Bucks Department of Language and Literature at 215-968-8167.

Finally, A big thank you to Strategic Initiative Grant from the Bucks County Community College Foundation for funding this contest!


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