“A Penprints post on a Saturday after a month of radio silence. Something must by up,” you think to yourself.
You would be right.
I’m here to announce a new writing contest: Symphony of Words.
And guess what. Sign-ups open TODAY.
Symphony of Words is a musically-inspired contest put on by Anika Walkes, Charis Rae, and yours truly. It’s the brain-child of Anika Walkes and Charis Rae, and I was privileged to be brought onto their team.
Each entrant will receive a song as a writing prompt from one of the three contest hostesses and will then have 30 days to write and submit a story.
We’ll be judging the stories on a scale of 1-10 and totaling up all your ratings for a final score (i.e. – each judge will give an individual score, and then we add our scores together. e.g. – if I give your story an 8, Anika gives it a 9, and Charis gives it a 8, your final score will be 25; 30 is the highest possible score).
Prizes, prizes, prizes.
Yeah, you have a chance to win stuff.
First place wins a free graphic design from Anika, an edit on your story from all three judges (judges will single out your strengths, areas to improve, etc.), and the winner’s choice of a coffee mug from C.G. Drews’s legendary PaperFury Society6 shop.
Second place wins an edit on your story from all three judges (judges will single out your strengths, areas to improve, etc.).
Third place wins a free graphic design from Anika.
(A graphic design from Anika will look like either a) a cover for your story, or b) a blog header + signature.)
Dates to keep in mind:
- July 22, 2019: sign-ups close
- July 24, 2019: entrants receive their songs
- August 24, 2019: stories due back; judging begins
- September 24, 2019: judging ends; winners are decided
- September 30, 2019: winners announced
How To Enter:
Whether you’re in a writing slump, wanting to try your hand at short stories for the first time, finishing up a mammoth Camp NaNoWriMo project, or just drooling over PaperFury’s writerly mugs, this contest is for you.
(If you’re unable to view the Google form embedded in this post, follow this link to sign-up.)
- Stories must be 2,000 words or less.
- Minor swearing is allowed.
- Romance is definitely allowed, but explicit sexual content is a hard no.
- Violence and gore shouldn’t get gratuitous or very disturbing (I say “very disturbing” because violence is always disturbing).
Basically, keep things PG-13 and below. As the hostesses and judges of this contest, Anika, Charis, and I reserve the right to automatically disqualify any story at any time at our discretion based on these rules.
Meet the Judges:
Sign up today, get your prompt on July 24th, and craft a spell-binding story. It’s as simple as that.
Anika, Charis, and I can’t wait to read your stories!
p.s. – I’m going to try to ease back into my regular posting schedule in the next week or so. I’ve had a lot on my mind, and I’m still sorting through what this blog is going to continue to look like. Thanks for hanging in there with me, kids.