THE CHALLENGE: Use your imagination and write a short story based on the 2018 contest photo-prompt shown below. What images, characters or situations does this picture evoke in your mind? Turn it into a story, and turn your story in to Central Coast Writers—you could win up to $300!
ELIGIBILITY: The Central Coast Writers 2018 Short Story Contest is open to all seniors and juniors enrolled in public or private high schools and homeschool programs in Monterey County. There is no entry fee. Judging will be done on a "blind" basis (judges will not know the names of the students or their schools) by members of Central Coast Writers who are published authors and/or who have backgrounds in education. The winners will be selected based on quality of writing, story development and writing mechanics.
Photo courtesy of Brooks Leffler, Pacific Grove, California
Stories must be between 750 and 1500 words in length.
One submission per student.
All work must be original and not previously published elsewhere. Please, no fan fiction.
Use standard publishing industry manuscript submission format: Times Roman or other easy-to-read font, 12 point, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides. Title centered at top of first page. Number pages on upper right hand corner beginning on the first page. Do not include your name on the manuscript pages.
Entries must be written in English (exceptions may be made for short passages of dialogue.)
Entries will be accepted between 12:01 a.m., February 1, 2018 and 11:59 p.m., February 28, 2018.
First-, Second- and Third-place Winners and three honorable mentions will be announced and notified on or about April 1, 2018.
First-, Second- and Third-place prizes will be awarded at the Central Coast Writers dinner meeting on April 17 at Point Pinos Grill in Pacific Grove. The first-place winner will read his or her story at the meeting. All winners at the meeting will be photographed for the May issue of Scribbles, the Central Coast Writers newsletter. Stories of the top three winners and the honorable mentions will be published on the Central Coast Writers website.
Central Coast Writers reserves the right to offer additional or fewer prizes, depending on the merits of the entries. In any event, the decision of the judges shall be final.
Quality of Writing
Does the writer have a well-developed style and voice?
Does the style and voice fit the genre of the story?
Does the writer seem confident and sure of the material?
Does the writer understand the basics of story-telling, i.e. a beginning, middle and end?
Is the resolution appropriate and satisfying (note—it does not have to be a "happy ending.")
Is there a sense of tension and/or conflict?
Are the characters well-drawn and multi-dimensional?
How well does the story fit with the photo prompt?
Are spelling, punctuation and grammar correct for the context of the story?
Is the writer consistent with the use of verb tense?
Does the writer maintain consistency in point-of-view?
Does the writer understand how to use dialogue, and is it realistic for the characters?
Okay, you're ready to go!
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