Thursday, March 3, 2011

Got talent? There's still time to enter local writing contest

Are you a Pottstown-area writer of short stories or poetry who would like to win $100?

Well, you've got a little under a week to submit something to the Writers' Club at Montgomery County Community College's annual Fiction and Poetry Contest.

Sorry for the last-minute notice, but I just learned about it myself while reading The Mercury's Community News In Brief that's in today's paper.

The club is accepting entries submissions of poetry and fiction from students as well as community members through 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

According to club advisor Professor Patricia Nessler, about half the entries come from MCCC students and the remainder from area residents.

Prizes range from $100 for first place to $25 for fourth place in each category.

Mail your work to Professor Patricia Nestler, Parkhouse Hall, Room 451, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. E-mailed entries will not be accepted.

Now for the ground rules:
  • Submissions should be printed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper and should be double-spaced. Prose should be a maximum of 3,000 words;

  • Your name, address, e-mail address and phone number should be printed on a separate title page, along with the category letter (A1 student poetry, A2 student fiction, B1 nonstudent poetry, B2 nonstudent fiction);
    The title of the work should be printed in the upper right-hand corner of each page after the title page, along with the last four digits of the phone number from the title page;

  • The contestant’s name should not appear on any page except for the title page, and all pages should be numbered and clipped together;

  • Contestants may submit one entry per category.
Submissions will be judged by selected alumni of Nestler's Creative Writing class and may include those who are now employed as editors or who are published writers.
Winners will be notified by mail, and entries will not be returned.

For more information about the contest, call 215-641-6369.

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