Rules for the 2019 contests
for previously unpublished writers
ending April 30 and August 31, 2019
purposes of these contests, unpublished writers are defined as those
jobs are not based on their writing abilities or their freelance
creative writing has never
revenues of over $750.00 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 two 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 2019 Contests
This year we will have two contest closing dates and prizes
for four categories of
Biographical Nonfiction, Animal
Nonfiction, and Travel Nonfiction.
See details below if you need clarification about any of
Stories must be between 1000--10,000 words in length.
There are no international limitations. Stories from any
are fine, although they must be written in English.
Language in the stories should be free of words or
not suitable for children, since many children read the stories and
some actually post their stories.
Just to be clear, we
claim no rights to your stories. 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 will be considered.
Also note: if you submit copyright material as text or
as illustration it is your responsibility to obtain permission to
use it. See How
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 for current year contests.
A writer may enter one or two stories in each contest. There are
no entry fees.
First prize in each category will be $200.
Runners-up will receive $100. Winners,
finalists in each category will receive certificates of recognition
First prize winners in previous contests are not eligible for prizes
in current contests. However, there is a separate contest for
them (See below). We hope this will encourage newer writers and increase their chances of winning.
for entries between
September 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019
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
should be factual and true accounts of an encounter or
encounters by the author with a wild animal
animals. These include, but are not limited
fish, butterflies, snails, lions, bears, turtles, etc., as
it is not a pet.
for entries between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019
General Nonfiction Contest
appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible. Stories must be
semi-fictional accounts. So-called "creative nonfiction" will not be
should be factual and true accounts of a trip taken by the author or a
person or persons known by the author.
Winners Circle Contest
First prize winners of previous contests, while ineligible
for prizes in regular contests, can compete in this one. The
is unrestricted nonfiction. All rules for regular contests
apply. Deadline is May 31, 2019. There will be one prize of
by winners who submitted entries for any of the regular contests from
September 1, 2018, through February 1, 2019, (when the winners contest
was announced) will be valid for those regular contests. They can also participate in this contest.
For a list of previous first prize contest winners click here.
we write this, the first 2019 contest deadline is over four
away. Our plans now are that judging will be done as we did it
here to find out how that was done.
will continue to accept new fictional stories of all types for posting
on the site. However, we haven't had a fiction contest since
the year 2000
and won't this year.
We love to read your stories though and
happy to post them.
decision is based on our belief that many internet sites now
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!
Foundation, Inc., A Nonprofit Book Publisher