Short Story Contest
High school students from across the Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to submit short stories to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Short Story Contest.
To participate, your story must be no longer than 1,000 words and must start with one of the following three lines:*
- I’ve seen some odd things delivering food for Ned’s Pizza, but nothing beat the lady that ordered a half-mushroom, half fish-eyeball pie, then hit me with this request at the door…
- The trouble began since my cell number is one digit off from Madam O’Wiggy’s, the psychic, which is how I came to be answering questions about the future to begin with…
- The main thing to know, if pirates commandeer the cruise ship you’re on during family vacation, is that they do much less dancing and singing than in movies…
- Deadline: February 21, 2014, by midnight ET
- Stories must be submitted electronically as a Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submissions must include author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, school, grade (9, 10, 11 or 12) and English or writing teacher’s name.
- Author must be a high school student (public, private or homeschooled, grades 9-12, in the 2013-14 school year) at time of entry.
- Author must live in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.
- Only one submission per author.
- Up to 12 stories will be selected as finalists. The finalists will have their stories posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the Book Festival.
- The top three stories will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates respectively.