DESA | Short Story Competition

DESA | Short Story Competition

“Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.”
– Orson Scott Card

Building upon last year’s sensation, we editors at TEXT are proud to announce our upcoming 2017 Short Story Competition entitled:
‘The Grim, The Bane, and the Eerie.’

Among other literary anniversaries, 2017 marked Bram Stoker’s 120th anniversary of his famed novel’s publication – ‘Dracula’, as well as the 125th debut anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous literary character Sherlock Holmes. Consequently, we wanted to enable you – our writers – to invoke the best of your stories, by thematically tying in with these specific anniversaries and include elements from those literary genres that veer toward horror, mystery, and intrigue, among others. Since last year’s successful Short Story Competition focused primarily on Horror, our chosen theme for this year is, of course, that of: Murder-Mystery.

In order to aid you in this bold undertaking, we have also come up with our own rather gruesome title – ‘The Grim, The Bane, and The Eerie’ – that can serve as some inspiration for your writing. Your story does not have to be a direct interpretation or representation of our title; however you must include a reference to at least one of the following words: Grim, Bane, Eerie. Submissions may include references to one, two, or all of the three words mentioned above.

Please note that the word limit is 1,500 words maximum, and the deadline for all submissions falls on the 23rd of October 2017. Each student may enter with more than one story and entries are to be submitted as a Word Document via Email Attachment to:

Furthermore, your email should include the following details:

– Student’s Full Name
– Current Course Details
– Contact Number
– Title of Short Story
– Total Word Count
– Chosen word/s to be referenced within your story (Grim, Bane, Eerie)

The best chosen entries will eventually be published on our online publication TEXT and the authors will also be given an opportunity to read their work at an upcoming DESA event, where the winner will be announced and awarded a prize.

So now, let your brilliant imagination run free and may the best stories unfurl presently!

Alexander & Kathryn
DESA Editors of TEXT

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