Writing Contest: submit short creative prose works of symbolic nature

Announcing a literary contest for writers of short creative prose. You may submit a mini-essay, short-short story or prose poem.

About the Contest:

  • There is no entry fee. 
  • We are looking for a short work incorporating a symbol.
  • Only one entry per participant.
  • 300 words or less. You may write as few words as you choose. Any entry exceeding 300 words will be disqualified. The title and author bio are excluded from the word count.
  • Submit your entry in the body of an email (no attachments accepted) to rosehallmedia@gmail.com
  • In the subject line of the email, type symbol contest.
  • Include your name (as you wish it credited upon publication), your contact email (for our use only, will not be published or shared), and the web or blog address you would like us to link to if we publish your submission.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59pm on April 30, 2014.
  • There will be one first place prize awarded.
  • Winning entry will be published on Rose Hall Media Company’s website on June 1, 2014.
  • Winner will also receive free (gentle and respectful) professional editorial help (from Rose Hall Media Company editors) of winner’s choice of an essay, poem, story or blog post (2500 words or less) that wants polishing. Value of this prize is $75.
  • Entries will be judged by Rose Hall Media staff and associates.
  • Entries will be judged on these criteria:
    • creativity of subject and/or theme;
    • skillful use of symbolism;
    • effective use of details;
    • coherence of structure;
    • adherence to contest rules.
  • You will significantly increase your chances of winning if you keep in mind that all writing contests are subjectively judged, based on the personal preferences of the judges. Therefore we remind you of Rose Hall Media Company’s preferences:
    • The authors we partner with write purposefully, intelligently and creatively to share their stories, their ideas, and their expertise.
    • Although they believe in biblical precepts of wisdom, accepting a loving God who justly admonishes us to live by faith, in hope, with kindness and compassion, they do not necessarily write about religion or faith. They seek to encourage and inspire readers to live wisely, honestly and well.
    • If they do share their faith, they do so in a gentle, respectful and non-preachy manner.
    • We’re not interested in publishing stories or philosophies that blatantly contradict traditional Judeo-Christian ethics. We don’t publish gratuitous or graphic sex, violence, profanity or cynicism.

Spread the word. The size of the bragging rights and the number of readers for the winner is dependent upon the number of entries we receive.

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