Eighteenth Acrostic Story Contest

 Absurd as it seems. . .. . . .

Any writer can enter our eighteenth annual contest. Believe it or not, absurdity is everywhere in the twenty-first century, so all you need is the opening above, a middle you create, and an original ending. Caution: you must include one sentence for each of the letters in the English alphabet in sequence. Don't get disqualified for omitting or repeating letters, changing the sequence of letters, or failing to use this year's opening. Eligible stories go to the judge, and the winners receive results in March 2017. Finally, be sure to mail your entry so that it arrives by Canada Post on or before January 31, 2017.

Rules: Only entries which conform to the rules will be judged.

1. Contest is open to any writer. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent or responsible adult sign their entry form.

2. Stories entered must be original, unpublished work created by the entrant.

3. Stories may not be longer than 26 sentences. The first sentence must begin Absurd as it seems . . . Following sentences must begin with words in the sequence of the English alphabet. Any subject or theme is acceptable, provided there is no profanity, obscenity, ageism, racism or sexism.

4. Entries must be typed or computer-printed on one side only of 8.5 x 11 white paper. Please use a plain font, and do not add any graphics or other embellishments.

5. Send TWO copies of each story, with the entry form attached to one copy. The writer's name must NOT appear on the pages of the story. Entry fee is $5.00 for each story. Cheques or money orders are the safest way to send fees through the mail. Please make them payable to The Brucedale Press.

6. Entries must be received by postal mail only no later than January 31, 2017. The Brucedale Press accepts no responsiblility for entries lost or delayed in the mail. Only entries accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with proper Canadian postage (or IRC) will be returned.

7. Winners will be announced and published in the spring 2017 issue of The Leaf. Copyright remains with the creators. Prizes will be mailed to the addresses on winners' entry forms. Prizes may be withheld if, in the opinion of the judge, not enough suitable entries are received. During the judging process, the judge will not know who the writers are; the judge's decisions are final.

First prize - Twenty-five per cent of the entry fees. Second prize Fifteen per cent of the entry fees. Third prize Ten per cent of the entry fees. The judge may award up to three honourable mentions. Authors of all published stories will receive a one-year subscription [two issues] to The Leaf.

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I have read the rules of The Brucedale Press Acrostic Story Contest and agree to be bound by them.

Name ................................................................................. phone .......................................

Address ......................................................................... e-mail .......................................

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I certify that the story entered is my own original work, not published elsewhere in any form. .

sign here .................................................... entry fee enclosed: $.........................

I wish to subscribe to The Leaf at the special entrant's price of $10.00 for one year/two issues. .......

Mail your entry to Story Contest, Box 2259, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0 to arrive on or before January 31, 2017..