Do you have the courage to set your stories free?
From September 25 - October 30, Richland Library and the Public Library Association (PLA) are searching for short stories as part of a National Writing Contest.
The theme of this year's contest is courage. Courage enables characters to confront their fears, persist and overcome obstacles. Writers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, but you must be 13 or older. You can submit your entry here.
The contest is part of the Fostering Creative Community Connections project, which promotes reading and literary joy, community engagement, library programs and services, and creative expression from diverse writers. Last year, Richland Library was one of four libraries in the country selected to participate in this project, which received funding through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
In early December 2018, one lucky winner will walk away with $1,000, and there will be two Honorable Mentions at $500 a piece. All three have a chance for their work to be featured in the Short Story Dispensers.
Richland Library's Short Story Dispensers have been making their way to library locations and designated community spots around Richland County since July 2018. With the push of a button, these devices bring one, three and five-minute doses of literary joy to local readers.
This national writing contest, co-hosted and managed by the Public Library Association and Short Édition, is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Fostering Creative Community Connections (FCCC) project.
Through the contest, the FCCC project aims to promote reading and literary joy, community engagement, library programs and services, and creative expression from diverse writers through French publisher, Short Édition’s, Short Story Dispensers.