$1000 for 1000 Words Writing Contest

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Bluefire is a literacy journal that publishes the work of middle and high school students who are passionate about creative writing.  Our goal is to give a forum to young authors interested in publishing their work.

Bluefire is looking for an outstanding piece of short fiction that consists of exactly 1000 words. While there are no specific guidelines beyond that, they encourage young writers to tell a story that matters.

Write something you believe in. Tell a story that only you can tell. Their judges have no specific criteria in mind other than to look for excellence. In other words, write something that moves you, that dazzles you, that says precisely what you want to say in precisely the way you want to say it. As long as you do so in precisely 1000 words!

Eligibility: The $1000 for 1000 Words fiction writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 6-12. Each entrant may submit a fiction piece consisting of exactly 1,000 words (not including title or author’s name). The fiction piece can be on any topic, as long as it is not vulgar or offensive, does not use inappropriate profanity, and is the original work of the entrant not previously published. At the discretion of the Foundation, all submissions may be published in the Bluefire journal or on the Foundation website. Entrants retain copyright on his/her own individual work. All entrants must include a completed Entry Form, and must agree to the terms of the Contributor Agreement.  Only one entry per person per year will be accepted.  Previous grand prize winners are not eligible to submit in the same grade category (6-8, or 9-12) in which they have won.

Submission Guidelines:  Entries must be submitted using the entry form on the website.  You can copy and paste from a file created with your favorite word processing program or text editor.  Please note that non-standard formatting, fonts, and characters may not transfer properly into our submission form, so it is best not to elaborate beyond standard fonts and formatting.

Entries must be *exactly* 1000 words.  The entry form will not allow you to submit stories that are more or fewer than 1000 words.  You need to copy and paste the body text only (i.e., not the title or your name) into the box provided.  The title of your story, as well as your name and other required information, go into separate boxes on the form as required fields.  If the form tells you that your story is not exactly 1000 words, please edit your piece to add or remove the necessary words.  The word count may be slightly different between the form and your word processor or editor.  Our form is how we determine word count irrespective of what your word processor or editor say.  Do not include your name or title in the body of the story or you will be disqualified.

Contest Dates: The deadline for the $1000 for 1000 Words contest is February 1st. Entries received after February 1st will not be considered.  The contest opens November 1st.  Join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get reminders and writing tips. MORE

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