Foundation 2019 Contests
For Unpublished Writers
rules for the 2019 contests are not yet posted. However, any
story posted between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019, will be
eligible if it meets all the criteria. I expect the contest rules
will be similar to those below for 2018 but that could change.
Watch this space.
Rules for the 2018 Contests ending August 31, 2018, are below...
purposes of these contests, unpublished writers are defined as those
freelance creative writing (as opposed to writing for salaried jobs)
revenues of over $500 in any single year. The Preservation Foundation has sole
authority to rule
on any writer's
eligibility, the appropriateness of stories for entry, contest rules,
all other matters relating to the contest.
Story Submissions--No Limit
Just to be clear--while
there is a limit of three entries in each of the contests, writers
to submit stories not meant for the contests, both nonfiction and
for posting on our site. There is no limit. Our
to publish your works and you don't have to enter any contests for us
For the 2018 Contests
This year we will have prizes for four categories of
Biographical Nonfiction, General
Nonfiction, Travel Nonfiction, and Animal
See details below if you need clarification about any of these
Stories must be between 1000--10,000 words in length.
Stories posted from September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018, are
if otherwise qualified.
There are no international limitations. Stories from any country
are fine, although they must be written in English.
Language in the stories should be free of words or scenes
not suitable for children, since many children read the stories and
some actually post their stories.
Just to be clear, we claim no rights to your stories. They are published with your name as copyright holder.
However, since our
object is to preserve these stories for future generations, not to put
them up one year and take them down the next, all
will be posted on our web site and must remain on
the site for
as long as the Preservation Foundation exists.
have no objection to the stories being published elsewhere.
Contact us if you need clarification.
Stories must be submitted as electronic files. No
paper manuscripts will be considered.
submit a story
No story may be entered in more than one contest.
should state which contest he/she is entering when making the
Stories entered in any of our previous
will not be eligible unless they have been extensively
A writer may enter up to three stories in each contest. There are
no entry fees.
First prize in each category will be $200.
Runners-up will receive $100. Finalists will receive $50. Winners,
finalists in each category will receive certificates of recognition
A biographical entry must be a true
story of an individual(s) known to the author
a fictional or historical character. Autobiography,
true story about the author's life, the whole or
appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible. Stories must be
should be factual and true accounts of a trip taken by the author or a
person or persons know by the author.
should be factual and true accounts of an encounter or
encounters by the author with a wild animal or
animals. These include, but are not limited
fish, butterflies, snails, lions, bears, turtles, etc. As
it is not a pet.
we write this, the 2018 deadline is over eleven months away, so we
be sure if the same process will apply that has served us in
the past. However, if changes must be made we will make
If not, then the judging will be done as we did it for the 2017
here to find out how that was done.
will continue to accept new fictional stories of all types for display
on the site. However, we haven't had a fiction contest since
and won't this year. We love to read your stories though and
happy to post them.
decision is based on our belief that many internet sites now
for writers of fiction, while very few encourage nonfiction. We believe
too that writers of fiction are also capable of writing about real
in their own lives and the lives of those they know. So get
and prove us right!
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