Winning entries for the competition have been announced!
Check back in Fall 2013 for next year's contest guidelines.
Take up your pens and prepare to write! Students between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to submit original works of fiction that thoughtfully reflect some aspect of God’s truth, in accordance with the rules and guidelines of two separate divisions. Further details are below.
Submitting Your Entry
To submit your manuscript, you have three options. (NOTE: If you submit your entry online, you do not have to mail in an entry form as well.)
(1) Hard-Copy Submission
Please fill out the entry form (you can type in the PDF) and mail it to us with a check for the appropriate fee and a stapled hard copy of your manuscript.
(2) Email Submission
You can also email your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org as a MS Word document. (Please be aware that if you choose to email it, it will be set aside until your entry form and fee are received in the mail.)
(3) Online Submission
You can fill out the online submission form and submit your payment electronically.
Submit all fees, entry forms, and printed manuscripts to the following address:
ATTN: PHC Short Story Competition
Patrick Henry College
10 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA, 20132
Manuscripts will not be returned, so don’t submit your only copy.
Prizes, Fees, Deadlines & Dates
There are four prizes in each division, as follows:
There is a $10 fee per manuscript; two manuscripts per person are allowed. The deadline for submission is January 7, 2013. Check above for submission information.
Winners will be announced in April, 2013. The exact date has not been determined yet.
The First Division
Theme: Reaping the Reward; or
Age group: 12-15
Word limit: 1,500
The Second Division
Theme: Finding Beauty in Brokenness; or
Age group: 16-18
Word limit: 2,500
Rules on Format & Content:
Once you submit your manuscript, Patrick Henry College has the right to publish all or part of it. The college is not responsible for any manuscripts that have been lost, damaged, misdirected, etc. Entrants must be U.S. citizens and must agree to abide by the rules and accept the judges’ decisions. All profits from the contest will be given to PHC’s Annual Fund.