Next Brno Writers Group Meeting: April 17

"The Key" Is BWG Theme for April 17 Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BRNO SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST RETURNS




BRNO, Czech Republic — The Second Annual Brno Short Story Writing Contest has begun accepting entries as it builds upon the success of the inaugural version with a new theme: Out of the Box.

The best short story will win 6,000kc. Second place gets 2,000kc and third place gets 1,000kc. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2018.

The BSSWC is a free contest. Only one entry per person. The short stories must be in English, 2,500 words or less, and include the theme “Out of the Box” in some significant way. Entries must be submitted by email by April 30, 2018. Winners will be announced in early June.

The jury includes a cross-section of local cultural icons and writing enthusiasts: Don Sparling, a co-founder of the Brno Expat Centre and a longtime leader in the local expat and Masaryk University communities; Tomáš Kačer, a teacher in the Department of English and American Studies at MU and a translator; Anna Formánková, a translator and a book editor at MOBA Publishing House; and contest co-founder and Brno Writers Group co-founder Lee Adams, the At the Movies blogger for the Brno Expat Centre.

The jury will be instructed that the contest is focused on creating a story that includes the theme “Out of the Box” in some significant way. The story is the most important aspect, including writing, originality, character development, and plot development. It is understood that most of the entrants will not be native English speakers and that, in fact, this may be their first attempt to write creatively in English. All entrants should endeavor to adhere to the rules of English; however, spelling and grammar will not be critical for success.

Brno Daily (brnodaily.cz) and the Brno Expat Centre (brnoexpatcentre.eu) are both media sponsors of the Brno Short Story Writing Contest.

For more information, go to the contest website at brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com or visit www.facebook.com/brnowritersgroup . Sent questions to brnowritersgroup@gmail.com.

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2018 Brno Short Story Writing Contest Official Rules



1.  The 2018 Brno Short Story Writing Contest (BSSWC) is designed to stimulate culture in the South Moravia region by providing a significant set of prizes for a jury-based competition in creative writing.

2. The contest is for anyone who lives or goes to school in Brno or the South Morava region. People with a significant connection to Brno may also enter.

3. The theme for each entry must be: “Out of the Box.“ Some interpretation of the theme must be a significant part of the story.

4. Entry is free.

5. One entry per person.

6. The maximum length for each short story is 2,500 words.

7. The entry must be original. Previously published work will be disqualified.

8. All submissions must be in English. Some foreign words — e.g., Czech names, terms — are allowed, but it should be assumed that the jury and the audience knows only English.

9. The prize structure will be:
       First place:         6,000kc
       Second place:    2,000kc
       Third place:        1,000kc
Prize money will be paid in Czech crowns. Any additional banking fees will be the responsibility of the contestant.

10. Winning entries will be published on the official contest page — www.brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com — and announcements will be made on www.facebook.com/brnowritersgroup and perhaps other websites. Additional entries may also be published.

11. These Official Rules are available at all times on the official contest page: www.brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com.

12. Important dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 20:                   The contest begins, publicity and promotion begins.
Monday, April 30:                 Deadline for submissions.
Thursday, May 31:                 Deadline for jury preliminary selections.
Early June:                               Meeting of jury to finalize selections.
Mid-June:                                 Announcement of winners.

13. Entries must be emailed to brnowritersgroup@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. CET on Monday, April 30, 2018. Entries that are not received by the deadline will not be reviewed and will be ineligible. 

14.  The actual Short Story entry should be a Word document (.doc) or Text file (.txt) and follow these guidelines:

A. NAME — The name of the file must be: “The Title of your Short Story”.  For example, if the title of your Short Story is “Love in Luzanky”, then the name of your Short Story must be saved as “Love in Luzanky.doc” or “Love in Luzanky.txt” 

B. FONT —  Each individual Short Story must be in 12-point, Calibiri or Times New Roman typeface. Please double-space and number the pages.

C. TITLE PAGE — Each entry should have a title page. The title page should contain the title of the Short Story and a brief synopsis. The brief synopsis can be a maximum of two sentences and a minimum of one sentence (and no longer than one-half page in length). The brief synopsis will serve as a description of the Short Story, and possibly be used in online promotion. 

D. ANONYMITY — The author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the Short Story, including the title page. 

E. LENGTH — The maximum length for each individual Short Story is 2,500 words. Stories that are longer than 2,500 words will be disqualified. This word total does not include the title-page synopsis. (Judges are not required to provide feedback on disqualified submissions.) 

15.  All stories must be submitted via email as an attachment to the following address: brnowritersgroup@gmail.com . The body of the email must include the following information:
Title of the Short Story
Author’s first and last name
Author’s address
Author’s email address
Author’s phone number

16. Please keep your entry within the realms of decency. Overtly questionable content without artistic merit may be disqualified. Similarly, any work deemed to be promoting any brand or organization may face disqualification.

17. The BSSWC shall take every possible action to protect the privacy of all entrants, including their email address. Any individual concerned about such privacy issues should contact the contest administrator directly by email at brnowritersgroup@gmail.com . 

18. The jury for the competition includes the following:
- Don Sparling
- Tomáš Kačer
- Anna Formánková
- Lee Adams

19.  The contest administrator is Bruno Zalubil.

20.  The jury will be instructed that the contest is focused on creating a story that includes the theme “Out of the Box” in some significant way. The story is the most important aspect, including writing, originality, character development, and plot development. It is understood that most of the entrants will not be native English speakers and that, in fact, this may be their first attempt to write creatively in English. All entrants should endeavor to adhere to the rules of English; however, spelling and grammar will not be critical for success.

21. Results will be announced on the contest websites in early to mid-June.

22. Each contest entrant will receive feedback from the jury, and their work may be published online. Winning entries should expect to be published, definitely on the official contest page — www.brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com with announcements on www.facebook.com/brnowritersgroup — and perhaps on other websites.

23. There may be media interest in the competition. Winners would be encouraged to speak to the media. Brno Daily (brnodaily.cz) and Brno Expats Centre (brnoexpatcentre.eu) are Media Sponsors of the contest.

24. The Brno Short Story Writing Contest was made possible by anonymous donations.

25. In the event that 10 entries or less are received, the contest will be canceled. Each entrant would receive 200kc. The remainder of the money would be returned to the donors.

26. The administrator of the BSSWC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or submission that does not comply with these Official Rules and other contest requirements.  Entries that are deemed completely off topic will be considered for disqualification.

27.  If you have any doubts about your eligibility, please send a note to brnowritersgroup@gmail.com.

28. All decisions as to compliance with these Official Rules are within the sole discretion of the contest administrator. Any decisions by the contest administrator are final, conclusive, and binding upon all entrants. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

"The Key" Is BWG Theme for April 17 Meeting

Just a reminder: The deadline for writing prompts associated with “The Key” is next Tuesday (April 10) and the next meeting of the Brno Writers Group on Tuesday, April 17 at Limbo at 7 p.m.

We will go over the writing prompts during the first hour. Afterwards, we will focus on a completed work that Jakub has provided.