Seventeenth Acrostic Story Contest

 

 

  

Adept at manipulating. . . .

   

The entry period is now over.

 

Winners will be announced this Spring.

 

Thank you for your entries.

  

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All entries must begin with the opening above, then follow a narrative path through a middle to an ending. Be careful to include one sentence for each of the letters in the English alphabet. Correct sequence of letters is important. Diligent proof-reading also helps avoid disqualification for omitting letters, repeating letters, or failing to use this year's opening. Eligible stories that ARRIVE on or before January 31, 2016 go to the judge, and the winners receive results in March 2016.

 

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 Stories entered must be original, unpublished work created by the entrant.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 Adept at manipulating . . . 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, 2016. The Brucedale Press accepts no responsibility 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 2015 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, 2016.

 

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