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Short Story Contest Call for Entry - "Do (or Don't) Let This Happen to You"
3/23/2011 4:06:42 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

This is a competition designed to feature the writer’s personal experience in a maximum 4,000 word short story. There is no cost to enter. Great writing and style will be awarded with publication.

We all have memories of an event or circumstance which either adversely or positively affected our lives. The incident may be humorous or heartbreaking. Either way, emotional subjects touch the readers’ souls.

Think back. What did you learn from an experience that could help a young adult today? A quick example: A story about how a not so trustworthy boy or girl friend borrowed your car and wrecked it. How the adults responded, how you felt, and what happened could be a “Don’t Let This Happen To You.”

An example of “Do Let This Happen To You” could be: In college, when the dorm forced a new roommate on me, I initially fussed, freaked and generally aimed to get her to move out. But she was so young and sweet, I gave her a chance. Anger and conniving changed into true camaraderie and we had a great time. We were in each others' weddings. Thirty years later, she is still my friend.

The top ten finalists will be offered an opportunity to be published by Blazing Star Books in an e-book for sale in: a .pdf document on; Kindle format on; and on in all formats. A professional book cover will be provided. Should demand warrant, a quality trade paperback will be produced at a later date.
Entries or questions should be emailed to

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More Blogs by Elaine Smith
•  Short Story Contest Call for Entry - "Do (or Don't) Let This Happen to You" - Wednesday, March 23, 2011  
• Free Funny From The Laughing Trapezezine - Friday, January 07, 2011
• Enter To Win a Pre-Release Copy of "Ridin' Around" - Monday, August 09, 2010
• The Perfect Place, a novella - Wednesday, June 23, 2010