Monday, February 28, 2011

Imagination Begins With You

I'll post awards later today *crosses fingers*. I have a lot to get done today, but until then, here is a reminder for all high school students in the US. If you are not in high school, feel free to pass this on to those you know. Thanks!

2011 “Imagination begins with you…”
High School Short Story Contest (First Annual)

Contest Description: Short story, less than 1,500 words. Open to all high school students.

Prize: First Prize receives $50 and $50 to winner’s school library

Deadline: emailed or post marked by March 31, 2011

Submission: email to (no attachments please, just include in the text of the email) or mail to Brian Claspell - 104 Ivy Hollow Ln - Mooresville, NC 28117.
Include: Name, address, email address, high school and year in school, word count, and title of story. The stories will be judged blindly, so do not include your name or any other identifier in the text of the story

Winners announced in May.

Criteria: Short stories will be judged on creativity and imagination. Any genre is acceptable.

Judge Bio’s
1)       Amy Hancock is the author of “Evie’s First Magic Lesson”. You can learn more about Amy at her Amazon author’s page ( Amy's Amazon Authors Page).

2)       Charity Bradford coordinates the yearly NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – where you write a novel in a month) for the Charlotte, NC area. She is also in the process of seeking an agent for the publication of her latest work and is blogging on her progress. This is a great reference for anyone seeking publication of a novel or to learn about other writing techniques/tips. Her blog can be found at My Writing Journey. Here :)

3)       Brian Claspell is the author of “Living by Grace” and winner of several local writing contests. You can learn more about Brian on his Facebook page Claspell - Author Fan Page

Complete Guidelines:
•    One first prize will be awarded. Fifty US dollars ($50) will be given to the winning author and another $50 will be donated to the high school library of the winning author. The winning story and other finalist stories will be posted on the “Brian Claspell – Author” Facebook page.
•    Winners will be announced in May 2011.
•    Contest is open to all High School students in the United States who are currently attending a public, private, alternative or home school.
•    There is no entry fee.
•    Entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2011.
•    All entries must be unpublished and 1,500 words or less. Works must be submitted in English. The work must be your original work and you must own the rights to the story (cannot have previously sold it or use copyrighted material without permission).
•    The author (you) will retain all rights to the story, and will grant the contest sponsor the right to publish on Facebook.
•    Only one entry per person is allowed. More than one entry will result in all entries being disqualified.
•    All entries should be emailed or mailed or Brian Claspell at (no attachments please, just include the story in the text of the email) or 104 Ivy Hollow Ln - Mooresville, NC 28117.
•    Every entry should include: Name, address, email address, high school and year in school, word count, and title of story (NOTE: Your personal information will not be sold, distributed or otherwise used except for purposes of this contest). The stories will be judged blindly, so do not include your name or any other identifier in the text of the story.
•    The winner will be announced in May 2011. The winner’s story will be posted on my facebook fan page “Brian Claspell - Author (Imagination continues here)”. I will post additional entries each month until the 2012 contest. All entrants will receive an email announcing the winner and a link to the winning story.
•    Stories should not contain degrading material.
•    The decisions of the judges are final.
•    Note: Every effort will be made to make the contest fair and unbiased. Stories will be read by the judges without any identifier of the author’s name or location. Immediate family members (children and siblings) of the judges are not permitted to be winners.


  1. Cool, sounds like a very worthy contest, Charity.


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  3. The winner will be announced in May 2010...? Typo, there. Sorry about that. I catch little things like that all the time.

    Wish I was in high school... I had all these questions bubbling up and then my bubble popped. Next year...

    And speaking of awards, I've given you one: If you've already gotten it, I do apologize.

  4. When I first read the title of this blogpost, I thought it read "Impregnation Begins With You." It made me do a double take.

  5. Great to encourage creative writing in high school students. That's so often when the interest really takes a grip.

  6. Oh, when I was a teenager I LOVED to write! I would have been all over this. This is great to get our youngsters using their imagination and creating something good and fun.

    Nice to meet you crusader. Finally getting around to all the blogs. Super nice diggs you got here :)

  7. Brooke, thanks for catching that. I went back and changed it.

    Michael, that is hilarious.

    Tony, I hope we get a good turn out this first year. I think the biggest challenge is getting the word out.

    *Waves* at Angela. Hey Crusader!

  8. I noticed that this is the first annual contest and immediately thought I should figure out how to encourage high school writers. At present, I don't know any.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium


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