The next Circle C Adventures short-story writing contest (2018) runs August 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.
Get a head start on your story now! Download the 2018 Official Contest Rules to see what (if anything) has changed from previous years.
INFORMATION IN A NUTSHELL
Greetings, young writers! I'm excited to announce the 2018 Circle C Adventures (and Goldtown) story-writing contest. Anyone between the ages of 6 and 17 may enter. There is no fee, and no purchase is required. However, since the writing contest revolves around the characters and settings from the book series, you might want to find a copy of the books in your local library to familiarize yourself with the premise. If you would like to see previous contest winners' story, both book are available on Amazon as print and Kindle editions. You may also download the PDF file of the 2016 winning entries in Along the Western Trail.
This page gives you a quick summary of the contest rules. However, you will also need to read the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and print out the entry form in order to enter. The entry form (which your parent will need to sign) must be scanned and emailed to me (or sent via snail mail) in order to be officially entered in the contest. NOTE: I need at least eight (8) entries in each category to run the contest. So far, this has not been a problem. :-)
CATEGORIES and WORD COUNT
There are three (3) categories for contestants, based on age.
A. Ages 6-9 (500-1,000 words) (Children in this age category may narrate their story.)
B. Ages 10-13 (1,500-2,500 words)
C. Ages 14-17 (2,000-3,500 words)
The stories must revolve around the characters and settings from the Circle C and Goldtown books. Any characters from any of the five (5) series may be used in any combination. You may also create new characters, as long as the characters from the original series are part of the story in some way.
To learn the basics of writing a character/problem/solution story, on which this contest is based, click the link for a PDF file: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 10 and up
Younger contestants can go here: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 6-9
There will be a FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place winner for each category, as well as one Honorable Mention for each category.
(Note: due to high shipping rates, international winners receive PayPal $$ and ebooks only.)
If you have questions (after reading the Official Rules), you may leave a comment on this page. I will address your questions in follow-up comments. Before you ask a question, check the FAQs (frequently asked questions) and see if somebody has already asked it.
Have fun! Deadline: January 15, 2018. Winners announced on or before April 1, 2018.
Judges for Ages 6-9:
Amazon Author Page.
Heather FitzGerald wears disguises and avoids showing her face in public for fear of retaliation from Trolls and Dark Dwarves. Ever since she wrote her novel, The Tethered World, which reveals their existence and chronicles their hostilities with Gnomes and Nephilum, Heather must take precautions to protect herself. You'll get a chance to read this sensitive material for yourself when the book releases February 1, 2015 from Mountain Brook Ink publishing. In the meantime, discover more about The Tethered World at www.HeatherLLFitzgerald.com
Judges for Ages 10-13:
Judges for Ages 14-17: