“Masked”
A Short Writing Challenge with Cash Prizes

Entry Dates:

Entry Dates: Oct 1st – Dec 7th. Winners are to be selected by December 15th.

Rules for Contest:

Write a poem (minimum of 15 lines) about a mask(s) or veil (for the face). It can be fiction or nonfiction. Research and include something in your poem about the symbolism and implications of a face mask or veil.

OR

Write a short story, one to three pages lone, 500 – 1,500 words, fiction or nonfiction. Research and include something in your story about the symbolism and implications of a face mask or veil.

Judges will look for:
1. Originality and creativity
2. Inclusion of background info on uses and implications of masks
3. Poetry can be free form, or follow conventional styles.
4. Story with beginning, middle and end. Follow grammatical rules.
5. Willingness through your writing to tackle and explore today’s relevant issues, offering your perspectives and potential solutions.

"What if...?" Writing Challenge!

Entry Dates:

Submit your entry from Aug 20, 2021 – Sep 18, 2021. Awards to be announced by Sept 30th.

Here’s your chance to experience the fun of creating poetry or prose. It’s all about fun, creativity, positivity, and play as you explore the issues that are important to you. What if we held an Olympics where athletes didn’t compete against each other? What if I had Super Powers? What if my last day on earth was today? There are so many scenarios you could explore! Awards will be given based on originality, creativity, and willingness to explore challenging issues and solutions following high moral standards.

Poetry Rules:

Free Verse, Haiku, Sonnet, or your own style–choose any form.  Poetry uses line breaks for various reasons—to follow a formatted rhythm or to emphasize an idea. Lines can run extremely long or be as short as one word or letter. Write a poem between 12 and 24 lines. Make sure to give your poem a title.

Prose Rules:

Prose refers to typical writing, such as sentences, paragraphs, and stories. Pick a “What if…?” topic. What would it look like? What would happen if this “what if” scenario happened? Be sure to give a title to your writing piece. Write 1 to 3 paragraphs that expand on your topic. You could even choose to create a short fiction piece.

Special Entry Fee: $2.95