Thursday, February 28, 2019

BRNO SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST RETURNS -- Deadline for 2019 Submissions is May 26

The Third Annual Brno Short Story Writing Contest has begun accepting entries as it continues to bolster the cultural environment of Brno with a new theme: The Heart of Europe.

The best short story will win 6,000kc. Second place gets 3,000kc and third place gets 1,000kc. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2019.

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 “The Heart of Europe” in some significant way. Entries must be submitted by email by midnight May 26, 2019. Winners will be announced in mid-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 “The Heart of Europe” 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 ( and the Brno Expat Centre ( are both media sponsors of the Brno Short Story Writing Contest.

For more information, go to the contest website at or visit . Send questions to


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