September Contest: Blink of an Eye!
8/26/19 to 9/24/19
To Enter a Story:
Call (213) 465-0885
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On the Home page, click "BEGIN NEW STORY" and follow the
instructions to get to the story editor.
Write or paste your story into the editor, then click"STYLE & SHARE"
and check "SUBMITTED TO CONTEST" whenever you're ready :-).
9/27/19 to 10/2/19
Finalists will be announced to give the community time to read, discuss & share qualified entries.
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Winners will be notified and announced.
The Gold Leaf - $345
The theme is in the Blink of an Eye. Write a short story of 1200-3000 about anything
that changes, from the seasons, to relationships to attitudes, and more. It can be playful,
thoughtful, mysterious, or even scary. Just like life! The winner will be awarded the Gold
Leaf and $345 in cash.
It will be awarded to the story that in the view of our judge(s) nurtures the
readers's interest, while demonstrating the principles of good storytelling presented in our
self-paced course: BETTER STORYTELLING currently available at no cost.
The judge(s) will also take the enthusiasm expressed toward
the story during the reading period into account.
The winning author will be showcased on the site, the story & their bio may be featured in other
promotions and they will receive a one year membership in Join Our Story
(pursuant to terms and
Exemplar Prizes – awards of $34
Exemplar prizes may be awarded to community members whose participation exemplifies
Join Our Story's spirit during the reading period.
These winners may have their
stories featured on the website and may appear in promotional materials. They will also
receive a six month membership in Join Our Story (pursuant to terms and conditions).
All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of the author; entered
only through procedures detailed above; between 1,200 and 3,000 words in length and in English.
Join Our Story, Inc. retains the right to disqualify stories that have content considered
actually or potentially objectionable in the view of any of our judge(s) or staff,
without exception or explanation. Examples include, but are not limited to, violence or
sex we consider gratuitous or inappropriate, intellectual property violation, invasion
of privacy, publicity or disparagement of people or places, or content we view as actually
or potentially objectionable for any reason. We are not obligated to screen for or identify
any such matter and do not assure we will identify or disqualify an entry on the above
Authors retain ownership of their work. By submitting an entry, you grant Join Our Story unlimited,
non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual publication and promotion rights to the story, and use of your
name and likeness, in any and all media of Join Our Story’s choice. Join Our Story will have the right,
even if we do not exercise the right, at any time(s) to make edits, publish and/or promote portions or
abridged versions of the story, and the right to include or omit reference to the author. Join Our Story
may be willing, but will not be obligated, to comply with author’s request to publish, cease
publication, edit or modify the story or author name.
An entrant may enter multiple stories. Each entry must be submitted separately.
Entrant must notify us in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org, if the work has also been or is being
submitted elsewhere, and must notify us at the same email address, immediately if the work is accepted
by another publisher for publication, promotion or for a prize.
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received at least 72 hours before judging begins. No refund will be given for a withdrawn submission.
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being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements herein.
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that all joint and/or multiple authors agreed to the Official Rules and decisions of Join Our Story,
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shall be responsible for any division among authors, or to issue the prize or award in the names of
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to divide and allocate a prize or award so that in the aggregate, the total prize or award does not
exceed the one prize or award for which the story is eligible.
The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico who are at least age eighteen (18) at the time of entry. Employees and contractors of Join Our
Story, Inc. and any of its affiliated entities, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies
associated with the Contest, and the immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and
household members of any of the foregoing, are not eligible.
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inapplicable where prohibited by law. Entrants in such jurisdictions are ineligible.
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receive the cash award or other prize. If these are not received within 30 days of the request date, the
award or other prize will be forfeited. Forfeited award or prize will not be awarded to anyone else.
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