I have big news to share with you today: I’m starting a writing contest! The contest is for anyone of any age. You may write anything, (a short story, a poem, a nonfiction essay,) but it must be between 21 and 2,100 words. [2/28/17 Update: two submissions per contestants, but only one is allowed to place.] Submissions will be accepted from today until July 21st, 2017, and the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will be announced August 21st, 2017.

To submit a piece, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Write it. You may use any font of any size and format it however you like. Just be sure your name is on it. (If you aren’t sure which font to use, 12p. Times New Roman is perfect.)
  2. Email it to levipont@gmail.com. As the subject line of your email, type “Writing Contest.” Attaching it as a PDF is preferred, but if you can’t do that, you can copy-paste your piece into an email, or send any type of file that works best for you. Remember, the deadline is July 21st. Entries past that date may very well be discarded. But, probably not, because I have a heart. Unless you turn it in really late.
  3. Wait. Winning pieces will go out in a succession of posts after August 21st. If you place, you will have your writing on the blog along with your name. (Speaking of which, if you would rather not have your name on the internet, you can give a pen name to be given instead, or only go by your first name.)

And that’s it!

If you want to take part in the contest, but would rather not submit, you could be a judge. I’m looking for three judges (to aid myself in the process):

  • A poem lover. (To give opinions on poems that come in.)
  • A grammar dragon. (To point out grammar mistakes.)
  • A curator of facts. (To geek out over any nonfiction that may come in.)

If one of these sounds good to you, email levipont@gmail.com with the subject line “Writing Contest: Judge” and I’ll provide some more details.

And, lastly, if you know anyone who might like to get involved, send them the link to this page. Or just post the image below on your Facebook. (You can also go to my Facebook and share my post there.)

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