Announcing the Phoenix Writers Club Fourth Annual Marge Elza Fifty-five Word Story Contest!
Flash writing at its finest!
This story needs to be 55 words or less, excluding the title words, and it must be a story (fiction or non-fiction). The story submitted must have a beginning, middle, and an end.
PWC has a 3-judge panel: Pamela Coulter, Lark LaTroy, and Judith Humbert.
All three judges have met at least 2 of the 3 following criteria:
• Current or past board member
• Has written and published (self or traditional) at least one, article, poem, short story, and/or book.
• Has experience with writing, editing, and/or publishing.
For the contest PWC is looking for the following:
1) Interesting story
2) Good conflict
3) Satisfying resolution.
We’ll be accepting electronic submissions; please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. **Only two submissions per contestant**. Thank you.
Contestants by way of entry, grant permission for PWC to use the submission(s) in any reasonable fashion without claiming any copyright infringements against PWC, its Board, and/or PWC members.
Please email two copies of your submission, one with your personal information and one without. Rodney Cobb, who’s the individual coordinating the event (and will not be a judge in the contest) will circulate entries w/o personal information.
Contest will run from July 15 to August 19. Last submission date is Saturday, August 19. All entries must be received by August 19. PWC is not responsible for delay in any delivery method. Any questions, please direct them to: email@example.com.
Entries will be judged between August 20-September 11. Winners will be announced at the PWC 9/16 meeting. Although all entrants are encouraged to attend, one need not be present to win.
1st Prize $55 and a paid membership to PWC until June 1, 2018;
2nd prize a paid membership to PWC until June 1, 2018 and one free luncheon meeting;
3rd prize one free luncheon meeting;
Honorable Mentions – 4th & 5th place
Note: If winners (1st/2nd place) are not PWC members he/she will NOT receive the equivalent of the PWC membership in cash. PWC membership will be granted to winners who live within commutable distance of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
The PWC Fifty-five Word Story Contest Judges:
Pamela is currently the secretary for the Phoenix Writers Club.
She has two nursing articles published in national publications, and she has also won the non-fiction division of American Mothers Inc., National Literary Awards.
Pamela is currently working on her mother’s biography, and writing non-fiction vignettes.
Judith Humbert, now known and feared as “Judge Judith” among her friends, began her career teaching English Composition and Literature to students at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and later at Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“JJ.” then progressed to a serious career of editing the scholarly publication The Luso-Brazilian Review at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then writing and/or editing General Accountability Office reports and Federal Aviation Administration reports in Washington, DC.
Here in Phoenix she served as the first Membership Secretary of the Phoenix Writers Club.
Lark is an author/photographer, and member of the Phoenix Writers Club.
He has had two of his NeoDruids book series published originally with Silver Publishing, and is now wholly independent.
Married to the club historian, Sharon Taylor, Lark works as a computer systems engineer by day, and novella writer by night.
*Who is Marge Elza?
Marge Elza is a long time member of Phoenix Writers Club (so long we're not counting anymore!). She's been an important part of the club throughout the years, having held the position of president multiple times.
During her most recent stint as our formidable commander-in-chief, Marge proposed the 55 word contest, and we've stuck to this annual event since.
After stepping down in May, Marge remains active in the club as our president emeritus. Feeling grateful for all she's done for the club, we wanted to thank her by officially naming the contest after her.
Thank you, Marge, for everything!