Bucks County Short Fiction Contest
Fall 2018 Winners
The Bucks County Short Fiction Contest is pleased to announce the winners for the Fall 2018 contest. David Jarret, a resident of Doylestown, was awarded first place for his story, “Mr. Agarwal is Not a Lonely Man.” Melissa Sullivan of Chalfont won second place for “Last Run,” and Julia Linde of Warminster captured third place for “Skin.” Philadelphia novelist Elizabeth LaBan, author of novels including The Restaurant Critic’s Wife and Not Perfect, made the final selection.
A celebration of the contest will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30-4 p.m. in the Orangery, on the Newtown campus of Bucks County Community College. The event is free and open to the public. Elizabeth LaBan will appear at the event, and will discuss the creative writing process, and will also take questions and answers. The stories will be available to read on our website following the celebration.
The top three winners will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and will be honored at the reception.
Philadelphia writer Elizabeth LaBan is the author of several books, including the novel, The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, and the young adult novel, The Tragedy Paper.
This project is funded by the Department of Language and Literature.
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 Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online blogs or publications.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.
Notification of Winner
Winner will be notified by the Director of the Bucks Short Fiction Contest by email. All contestants will be notified shortly thereafter, using the email address provided.
- First place: $200 Honorarium
- Second place: $100 Honorarium
- Third place: $50 Honorarium
- Public reading at Bucks County Community College
- An 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.
Professor Elizabeth Luciano at email@example.com or the Bucks Department of Language and Literature at 215-968-8167.
The winners of the 2017 Short Fiction Contest include: 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.”
Read the winning stories: