October 2016 Contest 10/17-10/29 – Completed
Another contest has come and gone leaving us with some fantastic stories. I am so glad that we started these back up – we will try to hold one of these contests every two weeks this year culminating in a digital anthology of winners so if you didn’t get to enter this time around don’t fret the next contest opens early in November!
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 All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written in predominantly English, using proper grammar and spelling.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 18 stories – please complete the entry form for each theme individually).
- This competition will take place from Monday, October 17th to Friday October 28th for a total duration of thirteen days. Because we are trying a new format we will only be enforcing a quorum of five 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.
- 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 October 30th and 31st as part of our Halloween party, 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 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.
October 17th to 29th 2016 Themes
Trick or Treat: The Chaos of Children, Costumes, & Candy
By far the most successful, and my favorite, category of last October has come back with a vengeance this year. Children are creepy. And at its modern core Halloween is marketed to kids – often dressed in strange and unintentionally terrifying costumes who will next to anything for that next sweet sweet sugar high. This year we are more interested in chaos and evil that kids can cause on this night. Although this category should strongly lean towards horror or dark science fiction try to go beyond the evil kid trope think more Sam from Trick ‘r’ Treat and less Children of the Corn but strongly avoid injury or abuse to children. Remember adults are fair game.
All Hallow’s Eve: Festival of Death, Darkness, & the Unknown
The history of Halloween is much longer and richer than many people realize. From the Celts wearing skinned faces to confuse the returned dead to the elaborate meals set out by pre-Columbian peoples to welcome the return of their loved ones it is checkered. In this category we want stories about that history in the form of folklore, ritual, and superstition set in the modern-day. Whether it be summoning monsters or protecting yourself from them this category is a mix of horror and fantasy but should emphasize historical and folkloric practices. Stories in all categories, but especially this one, should be self-contained only providing a snapshot into a larger event but offering the reader just enough to assume the worst will come to pass.
Silver Screams: Where are the Classic Movie Monsters of Yesterday Now?
This altogether silly theme asks the question “Where are they now?” of all the great movie monsters of yesteryear. We want neon, and glitz, blood and having to clean out toilets. Which monsters made it big and which fell flat after their movie career? Stories in this category should lean more towards comedy or parody rather than horror and focus on the monsters that could be found during day long black and white monster movie marathons on cable TV but present them in a crisp, funny, and new way for 2016.
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!
Thank you for your interest in our contest. Unfortunately this one has come to an end. You can view the winning stories here. If you are interested you can always enter our November 2016 Contest here.