Call for Entries
Bucks County Short Fiction Contest 2017
We will be celebrating the Short Fiction Contest 1-3 p.m., in the Orangery, on Sunday, Dec. 3, and you are invited! The winners of the contest are Joseph Chelius of Fairless Hills, who was awarded first place for his story, “The Friendly Neighborhood Car Gauger.” Dave Roth of Yardley won second place for “The Road to Albiano,” and Joy Waldinger of Warminster captured third place for “Sheet Thief.”
The event will include a reading of the winning story, and an appearance and reading by final judge Janet Benton, author of the 2017 historical novel, Lilli de Jong. She will discuss the creative writing process, read from her work, and take questions. The event is free and open to the public.
The inaugural Bucks County Short Fiction Contest, held this Fall, invites entries from post high-school adults who live in the county and are not employees of the college. There will be a separate Short Fiction Contest for Bucks County high school students in Spring 2018.
The deadline for submissions was Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. (noon). All submissions are now under review.
The top three winners will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and will be honored at a public celebration and reading at the College on Sunday afternoon, December 3, with the final judge, Janet Benton.
Final judge: Janet Benton is the author of the 2017 novel, Lilli de Jong (Nan A. Talese Doubleday). She is also the founder and director of The Word Studio. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications.
Entrants to the competition must be Bucks County residents and 18 years or older who are not full- or part-time employees of Bucks County Community College. Each person may submit one short story of up to 12 pages, double-spaced. All work must be original, unpublished, typewritten or word-processed, and accompanied by an entry form.
This project is funded by Strategic Initiative Grant from the Bucks County Community College Foundation.
All post-high-school adults who are residents of Bucks County, PA, are eligible. Full- and part-time employees of Bucks County Community College are not eligible.
- Each entrant may submit one original short story. Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online blogs or publications.
- Please place the title of the story, (or an abbreviated version of the title), in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the story. Do not place your name or address on any pages of the manuscript.
- Stories should be typed, with one-inch margins, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font size 12. Please, no fancy, large, or tiny fonts. Black ink only. No illustrations of any sort. Entries that do not follow these rules will be disqualified.
- Please fill out the Entry Form completely.
- MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Do not send the only copy of the manuscript.
12:00 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, November 2, 2017.
Notification of Winner
Winner will be notified by the Director of the BCCC Short Fiction Contest. All contestants will be notified shortly thereafter, using the email address you provided.
- First place: $200 Honorarium
- Second place: $100 Honorarium
- Third place: $50 Honorarium
- Public reading at Bucks County Community College
- Announcement in local newspapers
The Bucks County Community College Foundation is the sponsor of the BCCC Short Fiction Contest. The contest receives support from the Department of Language and Literature. The contest director is Bucks County Community College Professor Elizabeth Luciano. The final contest judge will be Janet Benton, author of the 2017 novel, Lilli de Jong.
Professor Elizabeth Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org or the BCCC Department of Language and Literature at 215-968-8167.