November 2015 – COMPLETED
Hello! Thank you for your continued interest in our writing contests! We are very happy to report that it was an enormous success with over 50 entries across our three categories. Winners will be announced over our social media accounts and this website on Friday November 27th. December’s Contest will be live by November 29th.
Here are some details about November’s contest. Sadly, we are no longer accepting submission but hope you will consider entering the next contest we hold.
- 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 All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written in English, using proper grammar and spelling.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.
- Individual participants are allowed to submit up to three two pieces for each of the three themes (up to a total of 9 stories – complete the entry form individually for each theme please).
- The competition will take place from Sunday, November 1st to Friday, November 20th. We will be enforcing a quorum of at least fifteen stories total to help justify prizes – if less than fifteen stories are submitted the deadline will be extended indefinitely. Likewise due to the small size of our staff we will only be able to consider a maximum of 200 submissions at this time.
- Winners will be determined by B.T. Schweitzer himself, and Danny (B.T.’s writing partner, editor, and webmaster). We will determine the quality of the submission using the scoring rubric provided below. Each judge will award up to 10 points per category for a composite score out of 100.
- Winners will be announced on Friday, November 27th on our social media accounts. 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! All participants will receive an email of participation along with a composite score they were awarded by the judges sometime after the contest is over.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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 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.
All submitted stories will be given a numerical score out of 10 in each category below. Prizes will be awarded to the 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, and 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 will be awarded to the top five stories in each of our three themes. Winners will receive:
1st Released on our Social Media, Published Story 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 Released on our Social Media, Published Story on our Website, Written Feedback from Judges, $5 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Released on our Social Media, Published Story on our Website, Written Comments
4th Released on our Social Media, Written Comments
5th 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 11/04. Recipient will have their story Published on our Social Media and our Newsletter, receive Written Feedback, and $10 Amazon Gift Card.
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 Amazon Gift Card.
November 2015 Themes
Pilgrims vs. Aliens: Guns, Germs, and Spaceships
This theme is all about invasions – in particular what happens with 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 and Extraterrestrial beings. If you have a story about laser tomahawks, vaporized turkeys, belt buckle microchip hats, or alien messiahs this is the category for you! This theme is more Science Fiction and Comedy with layers of alternate history, satire, and whimsy thrown in.
The Feast: Flesh and Turkeys
This theme is all about the Thanksgiving day dinner – whether it be turkey or something else – we all gather around as family to share a delightful meal and show our gratitude for the events of the previous year. Stories in this category should address and be about family meals – and the families don’t need to be human – just like the meat doesn’t have to be turkey. If you have a story about the turkey revolution or human cannibalism this is the category for you! This theme is more Horror with layers of dark humor and weird fiction thrown in.
First Peoples: Monsters of Native American Lore
This theme is all about the monsters found in the lore of indigenous peoples of North America. Stories in this category should address and be about the most unusual and diverse creatures from tribal stories you can find. Don’t just stick to the few mainstream standbys of the Wendigo and Skinwalker – tell stories from other regions and groups and place them in novel settings as integral parts of the plot not just background pieces but make sure the reader who may not be familiar can pick up enough about the monster from your story. This theme is more Fantasy and Horror and can take several different directions so allow yourself to flesh out the monster and story.
We apologize for any inconvenience but the submission period for this contest ended on 11/20/15. We’d suggest that you consider entering another of our current contests instead.
Thank you entrants! Winners will be contacted early this week and prizes will be going out this weekend.