Red Lettering

Stories will not be written easily. A story without a heart is dead, and the only place it will get a heart is from the author.

Announcement: Short Story Contest


Here it is, folks. Several months ago I mentioned that, in celebration of 50 followers, I would hold a short story contest. Though it took me a long time to get to it, I never forgot about it.

Therefore, today is the day to introduce the first ever short story contest on Red Lettering. 

This is the place where usually people are supposed to wax eloquent on how I now have 69 followers. I am incredibly grateful. 

However I also know that all of you are writers and what you really want to hear about is the writing contest, so I’ll move on to the point of this blog post.

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Here’s the way it will work: 

At some point in the story, use the piece of dialogue, “Elves don’t carry guns.”

Your word count should be between 100 and 5,000 words. To count your words, simply paste them into a Microsoft Word Document, a Google Docs Document, or here (though I can’t really say I would trust that website enough to put my writing on it).

Submit it to me through email ( by December 31st, 2014. I’ll most likely email you back within a day or two saying that I received it (though I will almost definitely respond faster if you send it in last-minute), but if I don’t, you may want to send it in again, just to be sure.

After the close of the submission period I will post the stories here and readers will get to vote on their favorite story until January 10th. (I’m not sure whether we’ll use an in-post voting widget-thing or if readers will email me with their votes; what do you all think?) I know it may be a long time to wait — a whole month to write and then ten more days until the voting results are released— but since December and January can be so busy, it seemed a better option to give more time than is necessary than less.

There is no fee to enter, and you retain all copyrights to your writing. 

There will be a prize for the winner— a $15 Amazon Gift card.

And if you want it, you can also have a little picture that says you won to put on your blog or download and leave forgotten on your computer. Either way.


Your entries must be clean. Clean, clean, clean, cleaner than a cloud doused in dish soap. One of my readers is younger than eight, and I don’t know about a couple of the other ones. So please, don’t make it so that I disqualify you. If in doubt, ask.

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Well, writers? Though I’ve said this many times before, this time I really cannot wait to see what you’ll come up with.

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9 thoughts on “Announcement: Short Story Contest

  1. I have a few questions: Must it be spoken aloud, or can it be internal dialogue? Also, can it be part of a sentence, or does it have to be left unaltered?

    • It can be internal dialogue, and as long as you have the words in the correct order, you can have it be part of another sentence.
      I’m excited to see what you write, T!

  2. Woo, hopefully I can do this! I’m going on a bunch of trips, so it may not happen in time. 😦 But if I get a chance, I already know my first line… “All I need is pepper spray.”

  3. So I get busy for a few weeks, and when I check back here look what you go and host. Hmph.

    I’m going to try my best to write something good for this! Congratulations on having 69 followers!
    Also, I think e-mailing the votes would be good.

    • *laughs* Welcome back from The Land of Busyness.

      Hooray! I’m looking forward to reading it. 😀
      Okay. That’s definitely the option that I’m leaning toward…

  4. Ah! I forgot about this! I shall have to start soon!

  5. I’ll see if I can get something hammered out. I should have started ages ago.

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