This year, the Short Course will add a new category—Memoir—in addition to Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Writing for Children & Young Adults.
Entries for the 2014 Short Course Contest may be submitted at any time after the entrant has registered for the Short Course. The deadline for entries will be September 10, 2014. Winners will be announced September 19, 2014 at the Friday night program. There is no additional fee for entering the contests, and you may enter as many categories as you wish, but you may only enter one submission in each category, and you may not enter the same material in multiple categories. The six categories are: Fiction (short stories or novel segments), Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Memoir. All submissions are limited to ten pages or fewer except Flash Fiction, which is limited to two pages. Entries must be submitted in the following format: double-spaced, Times New Roman, twelve-point font, one-inch margins on all sides. The title, author name, and category should appear on a cover sheet, but not on the manuscript pages. Manuscripts will not be returned. Portions of first-place winning entries may be read at the Friday-night program.
First place winners in each category will receive a $100 prize. Second place will be $50. The awarding of Honorable Mention prizes will be at the judges’ discretion.
The Contests are only open to people who have registered for the Short Course. No manuscript that has been previously published, in print or electronically, may be submitted. Material that has previously won First Place at the Rose State Short Course may not be resubmitted. Please do not include your registration material or check with your contest entry. Contest submissions should be sent to this address: Rose State College, Attention:Community Learning Center, 6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City OK 73110.