short story contest: Ventura County Writers Club
- Ventura County Writers Club
8th Annual Short Story Contest
Deadline for entries: September 1, 2007
Grand Prize: $500.00
Publication in the Arts & Living section of the Ventura County Star
on Sunday, November 11, 2007.
Second prize: $250.00
Third Prize: $125.00
Previous first-place winners are not eligible. No person may win more than
Submissions may be in any genre, but must be a short story with all of the
elements defined below.
All stories must be original and may not have been previously published in
any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether for pay or not.
Each entry must be typed (typewriter or word processor) and double-spaced,
using 12-point font.
Use standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Do not use legal size.
Use standard formatting for pages: 1 ?-inch margins on both sides, 1-inch
margins top and bottom.
All stories must be 10 pages or less. (Allows approximately 3,500 words.)
Indent the first line of each paragraph, and number all pages, top or bottom.
Put the story title at the top of each page.
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
Submit three copies of the story.
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).
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
Please make checks payable to VCWC. Please do not send cash.
Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2007 to be eligible.
All decisions of the judges are final. Entries not following contest rules
will be disqualified. No entries will be returned.
Winners will be notified by telephone prior to November 11, 2007.
Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the general meeting
of the Ventura County Writers Club on November 13, 2007
Mail all entries to:
P.O. Box 246
Newbury Park, CA 91319-0246
For information call: William Vietinghoff, Short Story Contest Chairperson,
(805) 358-7762, willvee(at)verizon.net (replace (at) with @).
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