Bucks Searches for the Next Great Short-Fiction Writer
Enter your best story by Oct. 17 for the chance to win up to $200 and be honored at a campus reception; high school contest will follow this spring
Bucks County Community College, which has nurtured poets, authors and scribes for more than 50 years, invites the public to enter its third annual Bucks County Short Fiction contest for a chance to win up to $200 and be honored at a campus reception.
Bucks County residents who are 18 years of age and older and out of high school are invited to submit one story of up to 12 typewritten, double-spaced pages by noon Thursday, October 17. Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online formats.
Elizabeth Luciano, the literature professor who launched the contest, says the competition is a unique opportunity for writers to have their voices heard.
“The college has long played an active role in nurturing the creative writing community, most notably through the Bucks County Poet Laureate and Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contests,” Luciano said. “This project adds to that synergy by encouraging fiction writers throughout the county.”
All submissions must be entered online. Bucks County Community College employees (both full- and part-time) are not eligible. To enter, visit www.bucks.edu/shortfictioncontest.
The contest will be judged blindly by Kelly Simmons, a Philadelphia-area writer whose books include “One More Day,” “The Fifth of July,” and “The Bird House.” Her fifth novel, “Where She Went,” will be released October 1 by Sourcebooks.
The top three winners in the contest will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively. The winners will be invited to read their work at a public reception at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, in room 142 of Tyler Hall on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. Simmons will also read from her works at the reception.
Young scribes will be encouraged to enter the Bucks County High School Short-Fiction contest this spring, Luciano added. Details of that contest will be announced in early 2020.
The Bucks County Short-Fiction Contest is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. For more information about the contest, contact Professor Elizabeth Luciano at Elizabeth.Luciano@bucks.edu or the Language and Literature Department at 215-968-8167.