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    Ventura County Writers Club  9th Annual Short Story Contest  http://www.venturacountywriters.com/Short_Story_Rules-08-4.pdf Deadline for entries: October 1,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 29, 2008
      Ventura County Writers Club 


      9th Annual Short Story Contest 

      http://www.venturacountywriters.com/Short_Story_Rules-08-4.pdf



      Deadline for entries: October 1, 2008 


      Grand Prize: $500.00, AND: 


      Publication in the Day to Day section of the Ventura County Star, scheduled for Sunday, November 16, 2008. 


      Second prize: $250.00 


      Third Prize: $125.00 


      Contest Rules 


      All stories must be original and may not have been previously published in any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether or 


      not the author received compensation. Submissions may be in any genre. 


      Format 


      Each entry must be typed (typewriter or word processor) and double-spaced, using 12-point font, 1 ¼-inch margins on both 


      sides, 1-inch margins top and bottom. Use standard 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Do not use legal size. Indent the first line of each 


      paragraph, and number all pages, top or bottom. Stories must be 10 pages or fewer. Put the story title at the top of each 


      page. 


      Presentation 


      On a separate cover page, include the title of the story along with the writer's name, address, and telephone number. Do not 


      put the writer's name on any other pages. Submit three copies of the story. 


      Judging 


      Entries will be judged on the basis of plot (25 pts.), character development (25 pts.), intent/focus (15 pts.), reader interest 


      (15 pts.), style/voice (10 pts), grammar/punctuation (5 pts), and title (5 pts).



      How to Enter 


      You may enter as many stories as you like, as long as each story is accompanied by a separate entry fee. For members of 


      VCWC, the entry fee is $15.00. For non-members, the entry fee is $25.00. Please make checks payable to VCWC. Please 


      do not send cash. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2008 to be eligible. 


      All decisions of the judges are final. Entries not following the contest rules will be disqualified. No entries will be returned. 


      Those who have won first place in the last three years are not eligible. No person may win more than one prize. 


      Winners will be notified by telephone prior to November 16, 2008. Prizes will be awarded at the general meeting of the 


      Ventura County Writers Club on January 13, 2009 


      Information on how to purchase Quintessence, our anthology that includes the short story winners from 2006 and 2007, and 


      Out of Thin Air, our previous anthology, is available on VCWC’s website – http://www.venturacountywriters.com/%c2%a0


      Mail all entries to: 


      VCWC 


      P.O. Box 3373 


      Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 


      For further information contact Susan Hutton, Contest Chairperson, (805) 492-3022, sjh41(at)yahoo.com (replace (at) with @)


      The VCWC meets 7:00 P.M on the second Tuesday of each month (except in December) at Borders Books, 125 W. 


      Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Meetings are free and open to the public.


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