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1st Annual Conway Scene Short Story Writing Contest

Conway Scene is doing something very new for the 2020 Holidays!

You know that we love storytelling. That is the core of what we do. We believe everyone is a storyteller and we want to see your stories.

Introducing the 1st Annual Conway Scene Short Story Writing Contest.

Paint your own Norman Rockwell holiday scene in the form of a short story for the First Annual Conway Scene Short Story Writing Contest.

A short story, for this contest, is defined as a very brief (800 to 1500 words) work of fiction written in prose.

The theme “favorite holiday memories.” It can be based on a favorite memory you have had, but it is a work of fiction.

Winners!

Yes, there were be winners. We will choose three winners who will win prizes from local businesses – Round Mountain Coffee, Streetside Creperie, and Rock City Outfitters.

Our judges are seasoned experts in the world of writing. The judges have taught English in high school, served as a librarian, and as a professor in college. So, make sure you serve up a good story.

Winning entries will be published at Conway Scene during the holidays.

Your entry should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020, and we will announce the winners at Conway Scene the week of December 21st. We will notify winners on the 18th.

Submissions are made by the form below or follow the instructions to email your submission.

Father And Daughter Playing Piano
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Contest Rules

Paint your own Norman Rockwell holiday scene in the form of a short story for the First Annual Conway Scene Short Story Writing Contest. 

What’s a Short Story?
For the purposes of this contest, a ‘short story’ refers to a very brief (800 to 1500 words) work of fiction written in prose.

Short Story Writing Contest Description

  • This short story writing contest is free to all. 
  • The topic for this contest is “favorite holiday memories.”
  • The top three entries will be awarded prizes described below. 
  • Winning stories may be published on the Conway Scene website. In order to publish the short stories, Conway Scene must reserve First Rights on all submissions.

Short Story Writing Contest Rules and Regulations

    1. No entry fee is required.
    2. One entry per person. 
    3. Conway Scene reserves First Rights on all entries. All other rights to the story remain the property of the author. By entering this contest, you are explicitly giving permission to publish your work if it is deemed a winner.
    4. All entries must be original works, in English. No plagiarism.
    5. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
    6. Entries must be submitted via email to conwayscene@gmail.com as an attachment of MS Word, Google Documents, or Rich Text File (RTF) or by submitting via the Google Form on the landing page.
    7. The email text will serve as a cover page and must contain the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if different from originating email).
    8. Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020.
    9. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final.
    10. Winners will be notified of the results by email on December 18, 2020, and announced to the Conway Scene audience the following week. Winning entries will be published over the following three weeks.
    11. To be eligible, you must reside in Faulkner County. 
    12. There will be three winners. Each winner will receive a prize.

Short Story Writing Contest Submission Guidelines

  1. Prose is the only literary form accepted (no poems, plays, songs, etc.).  
  2. Submission should reflect the contestant’s own interpretation and original thinking.  
  3. Submission should be between 800 and 1500 words long.  
  4. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: 
    1. Creativity 
    2. Relevance to Theme 
    3. Emotional Connection
    4. Originality – The piece shows a freshness of imagination, creativity, and individuality.
    5. Plot Structure: Enough information is provided to understand the story. Conflict emerges early and builds toward resolution. 

Submission of an entry is acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.

How To Submit Your Short Story

  1. Read the Rules and Regulations above
  2. Click “Submit Story” button below
  3. Fill in the form
  4. Upload your document
  5. Click Submit

Or  Submit your essay via email to conwayscene@gmail.com. Include the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address and attach your story.

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