Rules for the 2018 Contests are not yet final. We will announce them soon.
However, all stories received between 9/1/2017 and 8/31/2018 are eligible.
Foundation 2017 Contests
For Unpublished Writers
purposes of these contests, unpublished writers are defined as those
creative writing (as opposed to writing for freelance or salaried jobs)
revenues of over $750 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 2017 Contests
This year we will have prizes for three categories of
Biographical Nonfiction, Travel Nonfiction, and General
Stories must be between 1500--10,000 words in length.
Stories posted from September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017, are
if otherwise qualified.
Just to be clear, we claim no rights to your storys.
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 can 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 $100. 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.
we write this, the 2017 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 2016
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.
decisions is based on our belief that many Internet sites now offer
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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