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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Must be a member of Palm Springs Writers Guild with current status.
- Monthly entries accepted starting and closing dates - see corresponding theme above.
- Entry Fee: $10. Please enter contest by registering and paying online. Submit your story separately - see #10 below.
- Fiction entry. 500 word maximum.
- One inch margins, double-spaced
- 12-point Times Roman or Times New Roman
- Indented paragraphs
- Story title must be typed on your entry in the header. The theme is not the title.
- Pagination must be indicated in the footer.
- Do not write your name on the submission (word doc), only in the body of your e-mail.
- Please submit your entry as an email attachment and send it to email@example.com, no hardcopies accepted. Limit of 1 entry per contest.
- Blind submission entries are judged by selected Guild Members who are professional, published authors.
- Winner receives cash prize based on number of entries submitted.
- Adherence to all rules above.
- Adherence to the theme or prompt.
- Compelling and original plot:
a. Traditionally consists of a beginning (exposition), middle (development), and end (climax and resolution).
b. However, very short fiction often consists of a “slice of life.” The narrative should still exhibit a plot-like arc so that the story feels self-contained and complete.
- 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.
- Consistency of narrative voice:
a. Point of view. Tense. First, second, or third person.
b. Level of omniscience: omniscient or all-knowing narrator, limited-omniscient narrator, or non-omniscient “objective” narrator.
- Fundamental writing skills:
a. Spelling. Punctuation. Grammar. Usage.
- 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.
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