So you’ve spent a month writing stories. Now what?
Announcing: StoryADay.org’s First Writing Contest!
I am thrilled to announce that Heidi Durrow, author of last year’s breakout debut novel (and NYT bestseller) The Girl Who Fell From The Sky has agreed to judge our first ever StoryADay Writing Contest.
Anyone who has a StoryADay username and has been writing this May (I’ll have to trust you on that) is eligible to enter one story in the contest. There is no entry fee, but there are prizes!
- 1st Prize: $50, A copy of the Writers Digest Short Story & Novelist’s Markets book, a copy of The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass, a box of Rory’s Story Cubes
- 2 Runners-up: $25 and a box of Rory’s Story Cubes.
The deadline is June 15, with results announced in early August. There will be two rounds of judging. The first round will be judged by experienced editors and working authors, the final round by Ms. Durrow.
You may submit using a special submission from that will go be up by June 10, 2011. Details to be posted here.
Click here for the complete rules.
Is the contest open to everyone?
Only to people with a StoryADay username.
I was writing during May but didn’t sign up at the site. Can I still enter?
Sorry, no. This is only open to people who were in the online community. It’s a way for me to reward the community and ensure that only stories written this May get entered
But that’s not fair is it?
No, not entirely. But it’s the best I can do. Sorry. I will rethink this for next year.
How will you ensure the contest is fair?
Entries will go to judges without names attached. Beyond that, judging is entirely subjective as it is with all writing contests.
Will Heidi Durrow read all the stories?
No, she is going to read a short-list of ten. The first round will be judged by working editors and writers.
When will the results be out and how will I be notified?
Not later than August 15. Results will be posted on the site (https://storyaday.org) and entrants will receive an email telling them the winners and runners up.
How are the prizes funded?
The prizes are funded mostly by me, Julie Duffy of StoryADay.org. The copies of Rory’s Story Cubes were generously provided by Gamewright Games.
If I don’t win, does that mean my story is no good?
No, it very definitely does not. I have judged these kinds of contests myself and can assure you that judging is entirely subjective. If your story is not picked, all it means is that it did not appeal to this particular set of judges in this particular month as much as someone else’s story did. Keep writing (and submitting)!
15 thoughts on “Writing Contest 2011”
When will the submission form be up?
Should be tomorrow.
(if it’s not there by Sunday night, you have my permission to come round and yell at me)
OK, the form is up. You can get to it here: https://storyaday.org/contest-2011
Yes, simultaneous is fine.
Question: Are simultaneous submissions accepted?
Whoa – sweet idea!! 🙂 Now I’ve got to comb through my stories and see which one is the best. 🙂
Time to start editing!
Thanks for all the work you did to put on the challenge. I enjoyed it. It kept me on task for the month.
Wouldn’t that be a nice birthday present. Luckily I’m not a judge, so I can’t be swayed…
Darn… cause I was totally trying 😛
ACK! I JUST READ THE RULES… I CAN’T SUBMIT MY BEST STORY… IT’S TWICE THE WORD LIMIT. 🙁 🙁 🙁
DEFINITELY going to enter this.
And the results will be out shortly before my birthday… I think fate may be playing a hand. ;P
How exciting! What an opportunity. Thanks for this.