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ENTER OUR CURRENT MONTHLY CONTEST!

Strange new world, but monthly contests are back!

You may enter as many as three works for each contest, $15 per entry.

Topic for October: Scary Stories.


Entries may be submitted from the first of the month through the 21st; the winner will be announced at the next monthly General Meeting.

You may enter up to three times for this monthly contest for $15 each entry. Winner is awarded $100.

PLEASE SEE THE RULES AND JUDGING CRITERIA BELOW.

We look forward to reading your entries!

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Entry Submission Rules

Be sure to comply to all requirements. As with most professional writing submissions, there is no leeway on the rules. Questions? Please contact: kathy.weyer@att.net.

    1. Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current status.
    2. Monthly entries accepted on the first of every month through the 21st of that month.
    3. Please enter contest by registering online with a $15 fee. Submit your story separately - see #10 below.
    4. Entry  is 500 word maximum submitted in Word format.
    5. One inch margins, double-spaced
    6. 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman
    7. Indented paragraphs
    8. Title must be typed on your entry in the header. The theme is not the title. (In other words, do not name it "Scary Stories.")
    9. Pagination must be indicated in the footer.
    10. Do not write your name on the submission (Word doc), only in the body of your e-mail.
    11. Please submit your entry as an email attachment and send it to kathy.weyer@att.net, no hard copies accepted. You may enter as many times as you like.
    12. The subject line of your email will read the title of your work (not "Scary Stories")
    13. Blind submission entries  are judged by selected Guild members who are professional, published authors. 
    14. Winner receives cash prize of $100 on the 15th of the following month, announced via web email, and,with the express permission of the author, may be published on our website.
Judging Criteria
    1. Adherence to all rules above.
    2. Adherence to the theme or prompt.
    3. Compelling and original plot:
      a. Traditionally consists of a beginning (exposition), middle (development), and end (climax and resolution).
      b. However, if your piece is fiction, very short pieces often consist of a “slice of life.” The narrative should still exhibit a plot-like arc so that the story feels self-contained and complete.
    4. Compelling and original characters:
      a. At a minimum, the viewpoint character has dimension, with a substantial stake in the story’s resolution, making the reader care.
      b. Dialogue is believable and suited to each character.
    5. Consistency of narrative voice:
      a. Point of view; first, second, or third person.
      b. Level of omniscience: omniscient or all-knowing narrator, limited-omniscient narrator, or non-omniscient “objective” narrator.
    6. Fundamental writing skills:
      a. Spelling. Punctuation. Grammar. Usage.       
    7. The writer’s “secret sauce” that, when blended with the above criteria, makes the story stand out. For example:
      a. Artistry and clarity of language.
      b. Creation of mood through setting, description, and detail.
      c. 
      Distinctness of voice.
    8. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO BE FAIR, WE MUST HAVE AT LEAST FIVE DIFFERENT MEMBERS (NOT ENTRIES) ENTER THE CONTEST.


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