Twenty-first Annual Acrostic Story Contest

 Zooming across the bridge. . .

This year, a twist on the usual Acrostic format...we're starting at the other end of the alphabet!

Your entry must begin with the phrase above, and work its way back to A. X-rated works not allowed, nor are racist, sexist, or ageist entries. Within the 26-sentence framework of a narrative, you'll need to follow the beginning with a middle and an end. Very careful proofing is a very good idea, so your story is not rejected because of repeated or omitted beginning letters. Usually, the judge picks three winners and up to three honourable mentions, all of whose authors receive a year's subscription to The Leaf. The top three share one-half of the entry fees, and all stories recognized are published in the spring issue.

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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 Stories entered must be original, unpublished work created by the entrant, not previously entered in this contest

 

3. Stories may not be longer than 26 sentences. The first sentence must begin Zooming across the bridge. . . Following sentences must begin with words in the reverse 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.

 

6. 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. NOTE – If you are also subscribing to The Leaf, you may use VISA or MasterCard for your payment.

 

7. Entries must be received by postal mail only no later than January 31, 2020. The Brucedale Press accepts no responsibility for entries lost or delayed in the mail. No entries will be returned unless a self-addressed envelope with proper Canadian postage (or IRC) is provided by the entrant.

 

8. Winners will be announced and published in the spring 2020 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 mention
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 confirm that I am the creator of the entry/ies and that no entry is previously published or submitted to this contest.

 

I wish to subscribe to The Leaf at entrant’s price of $10.00/year [two issues] ……………………

 

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

 

Entry/subscription paid by cheque …… money order ……. Payable to The Brucedale Press

 

For entry plus subscription ONLY please charge my VISA/MasterCard, expiry date no sooner than 03/19
Please note a minimum $15.00 charge is required for credit card payment.

 

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Signature                   Signature of parent/responsible adult if entrant is under 18 years of age

 

Note: credit card payments processed in early February. Statements will show this transaction with Broad Horizons Books.

 

Mail your entry to Story Contest, Box 2259, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0 to arrive on or before January 31, 2018.