Bucks County Community College is seeking entries for its fourth annual Bucks County High School Short-Fiction Contest.
“The college has long played an active role in the creative writing community, through the High School Poet of the Year and Bucks County Poet Laureate contests,” said Elizabeth Luciano, the Language and Literature professor who launched the contest in 2018. “This project adds to that synergy by encouraging high school fiction writers from throughout the county.”
The contest is open to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders who live in or attend high school in Bucks County, including those who are home-schooled. Students can enter one original short story that’s never been published, including in online blogs or online publications. Fan fiction – stories based on existing books, movies or other media – is not allowed. Stories may be six to 10 pages, or about 1,450 to 2,400 words, double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins.
Entries must be submitted electronically by noon on Thursday, March 25. Complete contest rules and a link to the online entry form are at bucks.edu/ShortFictionContestHS. The URL is case-sensitive.
There is no cost to enter the contest, and the winners will collect a $200 honorarium for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, winners will be honored at a celebratory reading hosted virtually by Bucks County Community College on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., on the college’s YouTube channel.