Novemeber 2016 Contest 11/01-11/30
So we didn’t get any entries during the period but now that Thanksgiving has come and past we still need some stories for the anthology. While there aren’t any prizes besides publication we are still accepting stories for these themes. Consider entering today!
We will be doing things a little different with contests this year – instead of offering a month-long contest we will instead be offering two approximately thirteen day long contests a month. The reason for this switch is because we want to create a truly high quality Microfiction anthology by October 2017. More contests means a greater volume and variety of content and more chances for you to win and get selected for publication. The only downside to this is we will be unable to offer as many cash prizes as we have in the past in part to help cover the cost of getting the book market ready, we hope you will understand. Please read the rules and theme detailed below and complete the submission box at the bottom of the page with your entries. Best of luck!
- All submitted stories must be fictional works pertaining to the issued themes as well as being two grammatically correct sentences in length in the style of those works shared by B.T. Schweitzer and others online. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written in predominantly English, using proper grammar and spelling. This contest is open internationally to all age groups and has no cost or other requirements for participation.
- Individual participants are allowed to submit up to five pieces for each of the three themes (up to a total of 15 stories – please complete the entry form for each theme individually).
- This competition will take place from Tuesday, November 1st to Saturday, November 12th for a total duration of twelve days. Because we are trying a new format we will only be enforcing a quorum of six stories for each theme, if less are submitted the theme will be canceled. Submitted stories may still be considered for publication in the anthology at the discretion of the judges. Due to the small size of our staff and the increased volume of the contests we will only be able to consider a maximum of 100 submissions at this time.
- “Edward Carney’s Rule” due to the events of our October 2016 Contest we are forced to add that individuals are capped at a maximum of 5 winning stories per contest (this would mean that an individual would only be able to place up to five times across all categories but this does not include the Early Bird and B.T.’s award). If the stories of an individual would place in a category but they have exceeded their five wins that story will be included in the anthology with special notation but will be ineligible for a prize. Additionally, an individual who submits at least three winning stories to one contest is not permitted to submit entries for the following two contests but they may be asked to help in a future contest as a guest judge at our discretion.
- Winners will be determined by B.T. Schweitzer himself, and Danny (B.T.’s writing partner, editor, social media manager, webmaster, etc), and possible a guest judge. All submission will be judged in a blind fashion by theme using the scoring rubric provided below. Each judge will award up to 10 points per category for a composite score out of 100 (or 150 if there is a guest judge).
- Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 13th and Friday the 14th on our social media accounts as outlined below. Once a decision has been announced it may not be contested by any participants.
- Entry does not guarantee a prize, and following us on social media is not required to enter. But always encouraged! We will try to notify winners with the exact time of their posts and may include their Twitter or Amino handle if they so wish. Additionally, we will try to provide feedback and overall scores within a timely fashion depending on the number of entries.
- Sexual, violent, or vulgar content and language should be kept to a minimum and only used if necessary for the story – if deemed excessive by our judges it is grounds for outright dismissal of all submissions from that individual. Participant misconduct in person or online may also be grounds for outright dismissal.
- Submission to this competition grants B.T. Schweitzer (and affiliated Judges and their online pages) first-time electronic publication rights with the ability to share submitted works with proper citation and credit to their author in perpetuity for non-commercial reasons. Winning stories will additionally be collected and released once a year in October as part of a digital anthology. Authors may request to have their works removed from our website at any time via email – works or authors found to be violating these terms may be removed without notification.
- Submission to this contest is an agreement to the following disclaimer: All rights to works published online at our website are retained by their original author – as part of this contest participants agree to waive their right to hold B.T. Schweitzer and associates legally responsible for perceived or actual faults with regards to the submitted work in perpetuity. Works contained herein are works of fiction as such characters, incidents, and dialogue are to be drawn from the authors’ imaginations with any resemblance to any actual events or persons, living or dead, being entirely coincidental.
- B.T. Schweitzer and associates reserve the right to change these contest rules at any time during the competition so long as all participants are notified via changes to this page or email contact in a timely manner and are presented with the option to withdraw their work. Additionally, if selected for a prize, we reserve the right to correct any grammatical errors in stories prior to their publication without consulting the original author. In the case of unforeseen circumstances or a situation not outlined in these rules B.T. Schweitzer and associates reserve the right to resolve it to the best of their ability and discretion.
All submitted stories will be given a numerical score out of 10 in each category below by each judge. Prizes will be awarded to the five highest scoring entries in each of this month’s three themes.
Theme – How well does it address the ideas and symbols of the selected Theme?
Originality – How unique and creative is the idea behind the story? Have we seen this story or type of story before?
Style – How well does the piece flow, read, look, and how efficient is the word choice given the two sentence maximum limit?
Impact – How does an individual feel after reading the story and how subtle or clever is the piece? Does the piece have a lasting impact in our memories or produce an immediate visceral reaction?
Formatting – Does the story meet the requirements of good and proper English and the rules of the contest?
Prizes will be awarded to the top five stories in each of our three themes. Winners will receive:
1st Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Twitter, Facebook Instagram, Google+ and Amino accounts, Published on our Website, Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners
2nd Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website, Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners
3rd Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website, Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners
4th Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website
5th Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website
Additionally, we will be awarding these bonus prizes in acknowledgement for exceptional work.
Early Bird Prize – Awarded to the highest rated story submitted within the first 48 hours of the contest or within the first 25 submissions – whichever occurs first. Recipient will have their story published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, released on our Social Media, published on our Website, and have a Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners
B.T.’s Prize – Awarded to B.T.’s personal favorite submission. This prize may just as easily be any winner in a theme or a story that didn’t place altogether but is meant to really highlight the style of an author and is considered our top prize in this contest. Recipient will have their story Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October 2017, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website, Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners, and receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Additionally, in October 2017 all recipients of B.T.’s Prize in the previous year will be judged to find the best two sentence story of the year with the winning piece being the first one of the anthology for that year and the author being the first author on the cover.
November 1st to 12th 2016 Themes
Sugar Skulls & Marigolds: They Come Back
I’ve heard it called “Second Halloween” by some but the truth is that Dia de los Muertos is much more than that. This unique tradition from Mexico is about the honoring of dearly departed loved ones and the celebration of life. This category should be the same – stories in this theme should be more somber and reflective without being tragedy either. Submissions that pay special attention to traditional Mexican practices and motifs such as marigolds for attracting the recently departed, and the festive Calavera Catrina, for this holiday as well as those who reflect real experiences of loss are strongly preferred.
Election Year: Outcomes Unknown
Although not all of our entrants or readers are from the United States with everything that has been said and done so far how could we not have a category about the race for the white house? Democrat, Republican, or Third Party this category is all about comedy – whether it take the form of puns, sarcasm, or outright parody is your decision – but it should be well-informed humor that hits the issues and how all candidates miss them. So give us your best punchlines and try to shy away from hateful rhetoric.
Pilgrims vs. Aliens: Guns, Germs, and Galactic Colonies
The return of another previous theme – this category is all about invasions – in particular what happens when one group of invaders meets another and the resulting decimation. Stories in this category should address and be about interactions, peaceful and otherwise, between English Puritans, Native Americans, and Extraterrestrial beings. If you have a story about laser tomahawks, aliens making up deeds to the planet earth, vaporized turkeys, belt buckle microchip hats, or something similar this is the category for you! This theme is skews heavily into Science Fiction but should have undertones of Comedy with some healthy layers of weird folklore, alternate history, satire, and whimsy thrown in.
Feel free to direct any questions or concerns about these rules, themes, or issues with the submission form to me via email at Brett@BTSchweitzer.com and I will respond as soon as possible. Best of luck in this and all competitions! Happy Writing!