July Workshop: Insta-Contest

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Barnes and Noble, Carrolwood (Meeting room in the back of the store)

TWA’s instant gratification, very short story contest will offer blind judging, immediate feedback, and first, second & third place prizes!

Summer Inst-Contest

How the contest will work:

  • Write a story of any genre or topic (excluding children’s and YA fiction)
  • Limit word count to 500 words
  • Follow formatting guidelines below
  • Submit your original, unpublished work (in print or website) to critique@tampawriters.org by NOON on JULY 1, 2019
  • Entries will be read in order received. Due to time constraints, TWA does not guarantee all submissions will be read, so procrastinate at your own risk
  • Anonymous submissions will be projected via PowerPoint and read aloud
  • Audience members will score each entry in the following categories: creativity, writing conventions, dialogue, emotion, satisfying ending, and overall impression
  • Scores will be tallied, and three winners will be announced at the close of the meeting
  • Entrants will receive scoring rubrics for feedback
  • The three highest scoring pieces will win Barnes&Noble gift cards

Formatting your submission:

  • Word doc, twelve-point font, double spaced, one-inch margins, 500-word limit
  • Include your name, email, title & word count on the document
  • NAMES will be hidden for blind judging during the contest

This will be a fun and positive night to celebrate the art, motivate writers, and encourage each other to submit our writing.

In addition to the contest, this workshop will:

  • Explain how entering creative writing competitions can lead to publication
  • Reveal where to find the best contests for you
  • Give tips on writing to win

Questions? Ask Annette at critique@tampawritiers.org

If you want to read some award winning 500-word stories, follow these links: