Annual Short Story Contest Has Opened!
Our Short Story Contest has opened! Contest online dates will run from September 1 to October 18, 2014. US Mail Entries must be postmarked for October 1, 2014.
Entries must be family friendly to reflect the audience of our co-sponsor, The Ventura County Star. Entries must be original and previously unpublished. Published means appearing in any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether or not the author received compensation. Self-published and e-published works are prohibited. You may enter as many stories as you like. Those who have won first place in the last three years are not eligible. Entrants may only receive one cash prize.
Format & Presentation
Each story must be ten pages or fewer, typed (typewriter or computer) and double-spaced using 12-point type, in Courier or Times New Roman font, on white 8.5 x 11 inch paper, with ALL margins at 1-inch. Indent the first line of each paragraph. Put the story title at the top of each page and number all pages at top. Author’s name must not appear anywhere in the story manuscript to guarantee anonymous judging.
Submission & FAQ
We strongly encourage you to submit online through user-friendly Submittable. Online submissions must be in a .doc or .docx format. All contact info is held by Submittable and available only to the contest administrator. Submitted stories must be uploaded by midnight PST on October 18, 2014, but we strongly encourage uploading your story before Friday 6:00 p.m. October 17 to take advantage of Submittable's email support. If you mail your entry via US Mail, entries must have a postmark of October 1,2014 to allow timely conversion to Submittables. Submission fee for each story submitted: $15 U.S. for adult VCWC members; $25 U.S. for adult non-members; and $10 for high school students. PayPal, credit or debit card are accepted. Mail entries have an additional $5 handling fee, and must be paid by check or money order. Use the submit buttons at the top and bottom of the page to go directly to the Submittable website.
Audience appropriateness, plot, character development, intent/focus, reader interest, style/voice, grammar/ punctuation, presentation, and title will be the judging criteria. All decisions are final. Entries must conform to the contest rules or be disqualified. No submissions will be returned. Finalists will be asked to provide a publicity head shot. Winners will be notified by telephone and email prior to the January 13, 2015 VCWC meeting where winning authors and their work will be featured and awards will be presented.