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Creative Writing

Resources for creative writers.

Writers Connect @ Your GCC Libraries

A list of events and writing competitions hosted by the @Your GCC Libraries Student Engagement Group.

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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