Twenty-fourth Annual Acrostic Story Contest 

 

You'll never guess.... Story Contest

 

X-out the doubt! Writing a story in 26 sentences offers a challenge, especially when the sentences must begin with the letters of the alphabet in reverse order, opening with the phrase above. Very soon you'll catch on. Understand that your story must keep the sentence openings in correct sequence. That means your last sentence will open with a Z word.

 

Stay attentive to details.. Repeating or omitting any letters means disqualification. Quite often entrants send too few or too many sentences. Picking three wining stories and up to three for honourable mention, the judge will weed out any with racist, sexist, or ageist themes. Obscene language is also a no-no. Narrative form means including a beginning, middle, and end. Money equal to half the entry fees is divided among the three winners, while the ceators of the six top stories each receive a year's subscription to The Leaf and will see their work published in the spring 2023 issue.

 

 

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 Stories entered must be original, unpublished work created by the entrant, not previously entered in this contest.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 You'll never guess.... Following sentences must begin with words reversing the sequence of the English alphabet, then ending with a Z sentence. 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 at the special entrant's cost of $10, you may use e-transfer, VISA or MasterCard for your payment. See below for instructions.

 

7. Entries must be received by postal mail only no later than January 31, 2023. 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 2023 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.

 

------------------------------------------------entry form-------------------------------------------------

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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] ………………

 

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

 

For entry plus subscription ONLY send please charge my VISA/MasterCard, expiry date no sooner than 03/23 OR I will send fee + subcription cost by e-transfer when requested.

 

Card #………………………………………………….. expiry date………………………….

 

Name on card ………………………………….. 3-digit code from back of card ………………

 

Signature

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

 

 

  

 


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