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Fall 2019 Fabulous First Chapter Contest

Fall 2019

Fabulous First Chapter

Writing Competition

@ Your GCC Libraries

 

The GCC Library seeks your first chapter of a novel-in-progress for our

Fall 2019 Writing Contest. All styles and genres welcome.

Deadline:  November 30, 2019

 

Submission Guidelines  

Please read submission guidelines carefully. Submissions may be disqualified for failure to meet any of the submission guidelines.

Manuscript Format:

Please submit your entry in double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

Rules

  • The writing competition is open only to currently enrolled Glendale Community College students.
  • Writers may submit one chapter of a completed original novel or novel-in-progress. Writers should submit the first chapter of the novel only.
  • All writing submissions must be original work.
  • Entries will be evaluated on: originality, “grab factor,” technique, mechanics, and overall effectiveness of the chapter. Writers should strive for a first chapter that inspires the reader to continue reading the novel.
  • Submissions should not denigrate any racial, ethnic, class, or special needs group. Violence, strong language, or sexual situations should be key to the story and not gratuitous.
  • The working title of the novel must be listed on each page of the submission, but author name should be listed only on the submission form. Judges will be evaluating each entry without knowledge of the author’s identity.
  • Electronic submissions should be saved as PDF files and uploaded to the Fabulous First Chapter Fall 2019 Writing Contest Submission Google form on the Creative Writing Research Guide. Hard copy entries may be turned into the GCC Main or North campus Library Reference Desk.
  • Winning submissions in each category will be published on the GCC Library Website.
  • The decisions of the judges are final.
  • Submitting writer retains all rights.
  • Submission deadline: November 30, 2019.

 

Spring 2019 Writing Competition

The GCC Library seeks your poetry and short fiction submissions for our Spring 2019 contest. All styles and genres welcome.

Library should be an important element of your submission. Set your story or poem in a library--any library--or otherwise use library as a main element of the piece. This is the only requirement for theme.

Deadline:  March 31, 2019

Submission Guidelines  

Please read submission guidelines carefully. Submissions may be disqualified for failure to meet any of the submission guidelines.

Short fiction: Fiction entries may be up to 3,000 words. Please submit your entry in double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

Poetry: Poetry entries may be up to 30 lines (not including title). Please submit your entry in single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

  • The writing competition is open only to currently enrolled Glendale Community College students.
  • All writing submissions must be original work.
  • Entries will be evaluated on: originality, technique, mechanics, use of library in the submission, and overall effectiveness of the story/poem.
  • Submissions should not denigrate any racial, ethnic, class, or special needs group. Violence, strong language, or sexual situations should be key to the story and not gratuitous.
  • Writers may submit one submission in each category. A separate submission form (electronic or paper) must accompany each submission. 
  • The title of the entry must be listed on each page of the submission, but submitting author’s name should be listed only on the submission form. Judges will be evaluating each entry without knowledge of the author’s name.
  • Winning submissions in each category will be published on the GCC Library Website.
  • The decisions of the judges are final.
  • Submitting writer retains all rights.
  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2019.

 

 

Spring 2019 Winning Contest Entries

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Writing Competition Winners.

Poetry:  "Library of Secrets" by Kristin Kauder
Short fiction: "Lost Outside the Library" by Francis Wiget

Fall 2018 Competition: Magical Library

Writing Competition: Magical Library  The GCC Libraries seek your creative writing submissions on the theme “Magical Library.” Enter your flash fiction, short fiction, or poetry submissions for publication on the GCC Library website and a small prize. What is “magical” to you, and how might magic manifest (either literally or figuratively) in a library setting? Let your imagination loose! All genres welcome. Deadline: November 2, 2018.

 

Please read submission guidelines carefully. Submissions may be disqualified for failure to meet submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines  

Flash fiction: Fiction entries up to 500 words on the theme “Magical Library.”  Please submit your entry in single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font. Writer’s name should not appear on any pages of the manuscript but only on the submission form. (See link to submission form below.) Please list the entry’s title on each page of the manuscript, followed by page number.

Short fiction: Fiction entries up to 3,000 words on the theme “Magical Library.” Please submit your entry in double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font. Writer’s name should not appear on any pages of the manuscript but only on the submission form. (See link to submission form below.) Please list the entry’s title on each page of the manuscript, followed by page number.

Poetry: Poetry entries up to 30 lines (not including title) on the theme “Magical Library.”  Please submit your entry in single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font. Writer’s name should not appear on any pages of the manuscript but only on the submission form. (See link to submission form below.) Please list the entry’s title on each page of the manuscript, followed by page number.

  • The writing competition is open to currently enrolled Glendale Community College students.
  • All writing submissions must be original work.
  • Word count strictly enforced.
  • Writers may submit one submission in each category: flash fiction, short fiction, poetry. Each entry must be submitted separately.
  • Submissions should be saved as PDF files and uploaded via the Magical Library Contest Submission Form  Alternatively, entries may be turned into the GCC Main or North campus Library Reference Desk through November 2, 2018. For entries turned into the Reference Desk, a paper submission form will need to be filled out at time of submission.
  • Submissions should not denigrate any racial, ethnic, class, or special needs group.
  • Any violence, strong language, or sexual situations should be key to the story and not gratuitous.
  • Entries will be evaluated on: technique, mechanics, adherence to theme, originality, and overall effectiveness of the story/poem.
  • The decisions of the judging panel are final.
  • Winning submissions in each category will be published on the GCC Library Website for up to three months.
  • Writer agrees to allow minor edits to manuscript (spelling, grammar, format only, not significant changes to work.)
  • Submitting writer retains all rights.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, November 2nd.
  • Winning submissions will be announced in mid-November.

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Winning Contest Entries

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall 2018 Magical Library Writing Competition. Scroll down to read the winning entries in the poetry and short fiction categories. We did not receive entries in the flash fiction category, therefore a winner was not awarded. The next Writers Connect Writing Competition will be planned for Spring, 2019.

Poetry -  "Discovering My Story" by Cecilia Elisabeth Reyes

 

Short fiction -  "The Library of Peace" by Raushan Mateen

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