Last year’s contests received more than one hundred entries. This year, the Short Course will add a new category—Flash Fiction—in addition to Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Writing for Children.
Entries for the 2013 Short Course Contest may be submitted at any time after the entrant has registered for the Short Course. The deadline for entries will be September 15, 2013. Winners will be announced September 27, 2013 at the Friday night program. There is no additional fee for entering the contests, and you may enter as many categories as you wish, but you may only enter one submission in each category. The five categories are: Fiction (short stories or novel segments), Nonfiction (including memoir), Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Writing for Children (picture books, chapter books, or young adult). All submissions are limited to ten pages or fewer except Flash Fiction, which is limited to two pages. Entries must be submitted in the following format: double-spaced, Times New Roman, twelve-point font, one-inch margins on all sides. The title, author name, and category should appear on a cover sheet, but not on the manuscript pages. Manuscripts will not be returned.
First place winners in each category will receive a $100 prize. Second place will be $50. The awarding of Honorable Mention prizes will be at the judges’ discretion.
The Contests are only open to people who have registered for the Short Course. No manuscript that has been previously published, in print or electronically, may be submitted. Contest submissions should be sent to this address: Rose State College, Attention:Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110.
Each work may only be submitted in one category. A small portion of the author's work may be read at the Friday night award ceremony.