Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's All in the Words - Short-Short Story Challenge

Words. Words spill onto the page to create stories for everyone. Young and old. Sad stories, scary stories, happy stories, funny stories, children’s stories, family stories… You never know what you’re going to get when you sit down, pen and paper in hand. You write madly, until finally a story takes shape. Then you edit. Until you have the words just right.
And then you share.

Here’s the challenge.
Write a story in 7 days. You will be given a list story prompts and then have 7 days to write, edit and submit your story. A jury will select a short-list then our judges will choose the winners. The winner will be announced the Writer in Residence Final Reading on June 27, 2013 at Owl’s Nest Books. All finalists will be invited to read their stories along with Lori Hahnel at the final reading closing her residency.

1st prize: A free course voucher from AWCS.
2nd prize: A free Saturday workshop voucher from AWCS.

Finalists stories will be published on the AWCS blog, Writer’s Corner beginning June 1, 2013.
Entry fee: $5
Open to all residents of Alberta.
Contest Judges: Lori Hahnel | J. Jill Robinson | Rona Altrows
How to Enter
Fill out online registration. Pay the $5 entry fee. (Pay online by PayPal, Visa/Mastercard, or send Cash or Cheque to AWCS, 922, 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S4) All applicants must fill out online registration.

All registered participants will receive the story prompts on May 5, 2013 at 12:00am. Check your email inbox. Choose one and write your story. Stories can be any genre, any topic, as long as one of the story prompts appears in your story.

Maximum 500 words. Typed, double-spaced, in an easy to read font, numbered pages. Title must appear as a header at the top of the page, on every page.

Submit your completed stories by May 11, 2013 11:59pm by email to in .doc or .docx format. Names must not appear anywhere on the stories.
In the body of the email please include your name, contact information, title of story and word count.
Have fun. Be creative.

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