The Circle C Adventures (and Goldtown) 2018 short-story writing contest 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. Scroll down to read about this year's judges and peek at their books!
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 to see what some winning stories look like.
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 first-place winners receive $10 (US funds) via PayPal. For all international winners, money (via PayPal) will be sent in order to allow the winner to purchase their winning copy of the book via Amazon UK or Canada. Other international winners will receive an Ebook. No other physical prizes will be shipped.)
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:
Award-winning Christian author Colleen L. Reece grew up in a former one-room schoolhouse where her mother once taught all eight grades. Blessed with a woodsman father and a teacher mother, her adventures ranged from rescuing orphaned kittens to solving the “Mystery of Mom’s Sandwiches.” God later led Colleen into full-time writing. Her nephew named her new home STORYBOOK HOUSE because of the hundreds of books and stories she wrote. Read more on Colleen's 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 YA fantasy novel, The Tethered World—which reveals their existence and chronicles their hostilities with Gnomes and Nephilim—Heather must take precautions to protect herself. Her trilogy, The Tethered World Chronicles, will be complete on June 1, 2017 with the release of The Genesis Tree. Learn more about The Tethered World, The Flaming Sword, and The Genesis Tree at www.heatherllfitzgerald.com
Judges for Ages 10-13:
Donna Alice Patton is a freelance writer and history buff living in rural Ohio. She is the author of five books: The Search for the Madonna, the upcoming sequel, The Mystery in the Maze, Snipped in the Bud: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries, and Saddle Up!—a fictionalized adventure based on a real California camp—Rawhide Ranch. Roses are Red, Diamonds are Blue is a mystery/thriller for adults coming June 2017. Learn more at www.DonnaAlicePatton.com
Rebekah A. Morris is a home-school graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, Gift from the Storm, and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes—when she isn't writing one of many different stories—include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. She calls the Show-Me state home. Learn more at www.rsreadingroom.blogspot.com
Judy Dearborn Nill is the author of Too Big, Ties That Blind, and Samuel & Sophia. A former journalist and journalism instructor, Ms. Nill works now as a licensed mental health counselor and writer of fiction for young people. Learn more on Judy's Amazon page.
Judges for Ages 14-17:
Emily McConnell is a young Christian aspiring novelist. A nominee in four categories of fanfiction's Papa Bear Awards (including best story), she’s also had several articles published in magazines, newspapers and online newsletters. Her favorite thing writing genre is historical fiction, particularly WWII and the Cold War, though she also loves to write crazy stories, where her characters come to life and “hijack” her blog for a day. Emily lives in Washington state with five of her eight siblings, her parents, and her horse, Bodie. Learn more at www.emilybmcconnell.blogspot.com
Karla Cook is a free-lance writer, blogger, and aspiring novelist. She is currently working on a coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, inspired in part by her grandmother's letters and diary. She makes her home in the panhandle of Idaho with her husband, two homeschooled daughters, and an assortment of pets. She loves to read, research her family's history, and go on road trips every chance she gets. Learn more about Karla at www.roadstoeverywhere.com