The Writings of B.T. Schweitzer

Horror, Sci-Fi, & Fantasy

May & June 2016 – Completed

Thank you for your submissions! We are actively going through all entries and will be contacting authors soon before we formally announce winners on Friday, July 8th. Thank you for your patience!

Rules

  1. 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 images shared by B.T. Schweitzer online. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written in English, using proper grammar and spelling. This contest is open internationally to all age groups and has no cost or other requirements for participation.
  2. Individual participants are allowed to submit up to six pieces for each of the three themes (up to a total of 18 stories – complete the entry form twice for each theme, please).
  3. The competition will take place from Sunday, May 1st to Friday, May 27thFriday, June 24th.  We will be enforcing a quorum of 2515 stories, if less are submitted the deadline will be extended indefinitely at the judge’s discretion. Likewise due to the small size of our staff we will only be able to consider a maximum of 250 submissions at this time.
  4. Winners will be determined by B.T. Schweitzer himself, and Danny (B.T.’s writing partner, editor, and webmaster). 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.
  5. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 30thFriday July 8th, on our social media accounts as outlined below. Once a decision has been announced it may not be contested by any participants.
  6. Entry does not guarantee a prize, and following us on social media is not required to enter. But always encouraged! Winners will be notified a few days prior to the release of stories with the time of their posting so they can share their win.
  7. 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. Participant misconduct  in person or online may also be grounds for outright dismissal.
  8. 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 – works or authors found to be violating these terms may be removed without notification.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 have 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.

 

Judging Rubric

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?

Style – How well does the piece flow, read, look, and how efficient is the word choice given the space?

Impact – How does an individual feel after reading the story and how subtle or clever is the piece?

Formatting – Does the story meet the requirements of good and proper English and the rules of the contest?

 

Prizes

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, Release on our Social Media, Published on our Website and in our Newsletter, Written Feedback from Judges, Short Author Biography and Link to Your Personal Site Added to the Gallery of Winners, $10 Amazon Gift Card

2nd       Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October, Released on our Social Media, Published on our Website, Written Feedback from Judges, $5 Amazon Gift Card

3rd        Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October, Released on our Social Media, Published Story on our Website, Written Comments

4th        Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October, Released on our Social Media, Written Comments

5th        Published in our Annual Two Sentence Anthology released in October, Released on our Social Media, Written Comments

Additionally, we will be awarding these bonus prizes in acknowledgement for exceptional work.

Early Bird Prize  –  Awarded to a highest rated story submitted before 05/15.  Recipient will have their story Published on our Social Media and our Newsletter, receive Written Feedback, and $10 Amazon Gift Card. No stories were submitted within the deadline for this prize so it will not be awarded this month. The value of this prize is being doubled to $20 and as a reward for getting on the ball early only submissions during the original contest term will be considered!

B.T.’s Prize   –   Awarded to B.T.’s personal favorite submission. Recipient will have their story Published in our Newsletter, receive Written Feedback, and a $15 $30 Amazon Gift Card. 

 

May & June 2016 Themes

Mother’s Day

This category focuses on the most important holiday in May, the day we honor the women who gave birth to us or took us as their own – for better or worse. Stories in this category are all about the relationships between mothers and their children, the trials of motherhood, what it means to be a mother even to something of a different species, and some of the horrors these things can entail.

The Fair Folk

With Walpurgis Night at the start of the month the old legends say the little people of the woods are more active now than other times of the year and they can cause all sorts of trouble for humans. Stories in this category should feature both elements of fantasy and horror, as well as highlighting some of the ancient lore of faeries, to tell stories as strange, beautiful, and terrifying as the Fair Folk.

Flowers Beautiful and Deadly

April Showers bring May Flowers but that isn’t always a good thing. Stories in this category should focus on all species of dangerous flora in Fantasy and Science Fiction from Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, to the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter, to the lesser known Jinmenju tree, and any other flowers that grow in your devious imagination.

Father’s Day

Same as the Mother’s Day category above except focused exclusively on dear old Dad!

Summerland Memorial

Most world religions believe there is a wonderful afterlife and often that warriors, or others who have performed acts of valor, will go there. Stories in this category should focus on what type of place it is, what one does to earn it, and the people who end up there with emphasis on light fantasy and informed use of mythology.

 

Entry Application

 

Thank you for your continued interest in our writing contests! Our July 2016 contest hasn’t been set up yet so please check back soon for updates! Happy Writing!