1,667 Words Story Contest FAQ

Want to earn a little cash? Enter the RocNaNo 1,667 Words Story Contest!

Submit your short story of 1,667 words or less by the 15th of the month, and you could be $16.67 richer on the first of the next month! It’s not a big prize, but then again it’s not a big story, either.

Here’s how the contest works:

  1. Write no more than 1,667 words using the story seed we provide. (New work only, please!) Entries longer than 1,667 words (as determined by the submission form) will be disqualified. Entry must also have a title, which will not be included in the word count.
  2. Send you entry via the RocNaNo 1,667 Words Story Contest Entry form on or before the 15th of the month. Include not more than two lines of bio information to be included with your submission.
  3. As soon as we receive your submission we will place it on the RocNaNo blog as a “guest post” without any edits other than formatting so that it is identified as a contest entry. Posting of your story will also be announced via our Twitter feed. Voting for an entry can commence as soon as it is posted.

More details can be found in the 1,667 Words Story Contest Rules.

What is RocNaNo?

We are a group of Rochester, NY area writers who got together as a result of the annual NaNoWriMo competition and continued writing after it was over. NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month that occurs every year in November. (Find out more about it on their website.)  RocNaNo has an active Facebook group with about 200 members and has been together since November 2012. In May of 2013 we created this blog, which is where we post samples of our writing and challenges to one another. You can also follow us on Twitter.

This contest is an outgrowth of those challenges. The challenge this time is to write a piece of “flash” fiction — 1,500 words or less — written around this month’s story seed. The seed is posted on the second, entries have to be submitted on or before the fifteenth, and the winner will be announced on the first of the next month.

How do I win?

It’s really simple — each submission will be posted to the blog. The blog has a “star” rating system for posts, where any visitor can give a post from one to five stars. The entry with the highest rating at the end of the month will be declared the winner. (In the event of a tie the entry with the highest number of ratings will be the winner. If that still doesn’t resolve things, the entry that was posted first wins.)

So anybody can vote?

Yes, so be sure to vote early and often! (The rating system has a filter to prevent ballot stuffing, but I don’t know how well that works. We’ll see!) Oh, and feel free to cheerlead for your story via whatever social media you want. Our goal is to get more visibility for this blog, so the more visitors the better!

Can I enter more than once?

Sure! The goal here is to encourage writing and participation on the blog, so if you want to make multiple stabs at writing the story, feel free! Each entry will be posted separately, and rated accordingly.

Ok, so what do I get if I win?

The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $16.67. I know it’s not much, but we’re not rich, and this contest is more for fun, anyway. Spend a few hours knocking out 1,667 words and maybe win enough to buy an e-book? Why not?

How do you submit?

Send you entry via the RocNaNo 1,667 Words Story Contest Entry form on or before the 15th of the month. Include not more than two lines of bio information to be included with your submission.

All submissions will be reviewed by the moderator and posted as a “guest post”. Each post will be announced via Twitter, and then the fun will begin!

What are the gotchas?

Well, there aren’t any little “publication rights” gotchas here, if that’s what you mean. If you submit an entry we get the right to publish it on the blog, but that’s it. It’s still your work, to do with as you will. We can’t do anything else with it without getting your OK first. Even when you win.

There are a couple of other caveats. First, we’re serious about the 1,667 word limit. If you send us 1,668 words (as counted by the submission form) we won’t accept it. You can go shorter, but don’t go long.

Second, please stick to the topic. we’re trying to come up with pretty loose story ideas, but still, keep them in mind with your writing. We really don’t want to reject any submissions because they go off topic.

Lastly, comments will be enabled on all posts, so don’t be surprised if your submission gets some criticism. We moderate the comments, but since one of the goals of the site is to help improve our writing criticism is allowed. Hopefully you’ll find the comments useful.

There’s a list of Contest Rules covering stuff we might have missed here, so you should probably review it before you submit your entry.

So! What do you think?

About Kurt Schweitzer

A former vampire logistics facilitator, past purveyor of Italian-style transportation, and Y2K disaster preventer, I'm currently creating websites, novels and other fictions while reinventing myself. Again.
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