Short Story Contest: Cash Prizes!

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The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are pleased to announce the 38th Annual Short Story Writing Contest for Children and the 19th Annual Short Story Contest for Young Adults. Contest opens Monday, May 2, 2016. Forms available at the Children’s desk.

Depending upon entries received, the following prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place will receive a $35.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $25.00 cash prize, and Honorable Mentions will receive $20.00 cash prizes. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, whose generous and continued support make this contest possible!

Stories will be judged on their originality, appeal, and writing style. Each contestant should submit her/his story to the Berkshire Athenaeum Children’s Library (1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201); and all entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Winning entries, honorable mentions and works of merit will be bound and added to the collection of the Berkshire Athenaeum, so community members may read and enjoy them! All entries become property of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Winners will be notified by telephone, and a list of winners will also be posted in the Children’s Library after August 12, 2016.

An awards ceremony and reception with refreshment and meet and greet, for ALL participants, family, and friends, will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  The speaker will be local author and Berkshire Eagle reporter Derek Gentile. Also Doctor Jason McCandless will be attending as a special guest.


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