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Every year as part of my high school curriculum I teach a short story unit where we read and analyze several different stories from a variety of authors. One of the things I always point out is the key elements of an excellent short:

1. A limited number of characters
2. A single issue
3. The main character is dynamic and round
4. Strong theme
5. Twist or surprise ending

As a celebration of Short Story month I’m offering a contest.

Here are the rules:
1. 1500 words or less (title not included)
2. No horror or sensual/errotica
3. All entries must be emailed to me by midnight May 31, 2012
4. Email entries to authorbetsylove@gmail.com
5. In the subject line put “Short Story Contest” and the title.
6. Cut and paste your story into the body of your email. (No attachments)
7. Include your name and contact information at the end of your email (Snail mail, daytime phone number, etc). T

Only one entry per email address
The stories will NOT be judged by me personally.

“So, what’s in it for me,” you ask.

The winner will receive a choice of one of my books:

The first, second and third place winners will get their stories published on my blog. All rights to your story stay with you once the contest is over.

Good Luck, and may the best short story win!

Short Story Contest

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May is National Short Story month. In honor of this, I am holding my second annual Short Story Contest! The theme this year is “Dare to Be.”
Rules:
1. 1500 words or less (title not included)
2. No horror or sensual/errotica
3. All entries must be emailed to me by midnight May 31, 2012
4. Email entries to authorbetsylove@gmail.com
5. In the subject line put “Short Story Contest” and the title.
6. Cut and paste your story into the body of your email. (No attachments)
7. Include your name and contact information at the end of your email (Snail mail, daytime phone number, etc). The winner will receive a copy of a novel of their choice:

The top three winners will be published on this site sometime in June.

I’d also like some volunteers to judge the contest. If you are interested, and would like to help, please contact me at the same email.

Have fun! Get your creative brains going and write a killer short story.

As a quick side note, my fantasy trilogy began as a contest for a short story. You never know where this will lead you! If you have any questions please ask in the comment section below. Happy Writing!

Betsy