2018 Story Writing Contest

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)

CONTENT
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 

PRIZES
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.)


To read more about how your story will be judged, how to submit your story, and the rest of the details for the contest, download the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.

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.
Here you can read about our fantastic, independent judges for the contest. They have read and are familiar with the characters and situations in the Circle C Beginnings / Circle C Stepping Stones / Circle C Adventures / Circle C Milestones / Goldtown books. (These are the 2016 judges. I will update this portion as I secure the judges for the 2018 contest.)

Judges for Ages 6-9:

Colleen L. Reece was born and raised near Darrington, WA, a tiny logging town in the Cascade Mts. Her family had no electricity or running water, and she learned to read by kerosene lamplight. She dreamed of someday writing a book. God multiplied her "someday" book into more than 150 titles, with over six million copies sold. Colleen is a great example of what an extraordinary God can do with an ordinary person who wants to love and serve Him. Visit Colleen on her 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:

Donna Alice Patton is a freelance writer and history buff living in rural Ohio. She is the author of three books: The Search for the Madonna and The Gift of Summer Snow for children, and Roses are Red, Diamonds are Blue, a mystery/thriller for adults. Read more at www.DonnaAlicePatton.com






Emily McConnell is an aspiring Christian novelist. A nominee in four categories of fan fiction's "Papa Bear Awards" including best story, she's also had several articles published in small magazines, newspapers, and online newspapers. Her favorite genre to write is historical fiction, particularly World War 2 and the Cold War, though she does love to write crazy stories where her characters come to life and hijack her blog for the day. Emily lives in Washington state with five of her eight siblings, her parents, and her horse, Bodie.
www.EmilyBMcConnell.blogspot.com



Judges for Ages 14-17:

Rebekah A. Morris is a home-school graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. She has written and published eleven books including Home Fires of the Great War, Gift from the Storm, and the 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. The Show-Me state (Missouri) is her home, though she dreams to one day visit all fifty states, starting with Montana. Visit Rebekah at:
www.readanotherpage.com 


Karla Cook is a freelance writer, blogger, and aspiring novelist. She is currently working on a coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, inspired 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 family history, and take road trips. Learn more at www.KarlaCook.weebly.com

34 comments:

  1. This is so cool! Thanks for having it!

    - Cheyenne

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  2. Thanks for hosting this! I definitely want to enter. How do you send the stories in when they're done? Should I just email you with it?

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    1. When you download the Official Contest Rules, it will tell you everything you need to know about the entry form, submitting the story, etc.
      thanks!
      Mrs. M

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  3. Hi!

    On the entry form, there is options to say how you want to be recognized in the book if you win. There is First Name, Last Name, Age, City and State, and Pen Name. Could there be an option for Last Name First Initial? (For instance, if your name is Susie Smith, then you could be recognized as Susie S.)

    Thanks,
    ~R.H.

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    1. Well, sure! Just put an "S." in the place where it asks for the last name on that part of the entry form. :-)

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  4. Instead of scanning the entry form, would it be ok to take a picture of it and send it to you with my story entry? (I'd make sure you could read everything on the entry form clearly in the pic)
    Thanks!
    Hannah M.

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    1. You can just mail the entry form if you don't want to have to scan it. There is an address within the Official Contest Rules.

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    2. So i could email the story and then mail the entry form?

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    3. Yes, you can. But in the story email, tell me you are mailing the entry form. In fact, you can mail the entry form WAY before you even email the story. So you can email the entry any time.

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  5. Where can you purchase the tee-shirts if we don't win the contest?

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    1. I buy the T-shirts from Great Products, a homeschooling company that I met when we were vendors at various homeschool conventions. Very reasonably priced and great service. Here is the link:
      http://www.shopgreatproducts.com/

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  6. What time on the 15th do we HAVE to have it in?

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    1. You can turn it in on Saturday, since I'm out of town and can't organize the entries until I get home. YOur lucky weekend! LOL

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    2. Thanks! That is soooooooo helpful! I entered my story, finally!

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  7. Have you gotten enough entries yet? Sorry for being curious, I'm just *SO* excited!!

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    1. My sister emailed her and asked the same question! Mrs. M says she has enough!

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  8. Oh okay. Great minds think alike!
    Thanks for letting me know!!

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  9. How many entries did you get, Mrs. M? :)

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    1. Not as many as last year, but plenty to run the contest! Praise God! I've already sent the ages 6-9 to the judges.

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    2. Have you sent any of the other ages yet?

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    3. Yep. O have read all the stories, so fun, and sent them all of them to the judges. Can't wait to see which stories they choose!

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  10. Yay!! I'm excited too!!

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  11. I mean can't wait. I'm SO excited!!!

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  12. Have you sent the results yet?? (Email)

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  13. Wow, I'd love to enter, but I'm not that great at writing...
    And I don't even have a story started, or a plot line, but maybe I'll try.
    I've never entered before. ;-)

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    1. There's always a first time, Sadie! You've got lots of time. :-)

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    2. That's true, thanks! I'll try to get something started today! :-)

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  14. Eeeeek!!! I'm SOOOO excited for this contest! Thanks for hosting it again, Mrs M!!

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  15. I'm excited for the contest!!I really think I'll enter if I can get a story wrote:) Thanks for hosting it, Mrs M!!

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  16. Dear Mrs. Marlow,
    I have a question, I just turned seventeen and I REALLY want to enter the contest.
    The problem is, I will turn eighteen before the contest winners will be announced in April, will I then be disqualified because I will then be eighteen?
    Thank-you!
    Deborah van der Stoel from Prince Edward Island, Canada

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    1. As long as you are 17 sometime during the contest itself (i.e. August - Jan. 1) you qualify. Your entry form asks for your age when you ENTER the contest, not when it's announced.
      Thanks for your interest. Hope that helps. :-)

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    2. Thank you so much, Mrs. Marlow, I was just making sure that I wasn't breaking any rules or anything. :)
      I got the Courageous Love book for my birthday yesterday, it was so exciting!
      You write really nice, the stories and adventures get better and more exciting every time!

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    3. Thanks, Deborah! Happy writing yourself!

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