Contest is open to all amateur writers, defined as anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before September 1, 2013, who are residents of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District or the Manchester- Shortsville School District.

Entry must be no longer than 1,500 words and the original work of the person submitting it.

One entry per person. Entries must be received by November 2, 2013.

Submissions may be mailed or dropped off at:

Explore! The Book Store
18 East Main St.
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Clifton Springs Library, Red Jacket Library, or sent as an attachment to


  • Story must be submitted with the Entry Form which serves as a cover sheet for your story.  It must contain your STORY TITLE, NAME, and CONTACT INFORMATION (including phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address). You can’t win if we don’t know who you are!
  • On each page of your story, include only the PAGE NUMBER and your STORY TITLE, not your name or other contact information.
  • Use plain white paper; typewritten/computer printed only on one side of the paper – no handwritten entries!
  • Double space your text.  Use plain fonts, Courier or Times New Roman are preferred, 12 or 14 point type, plain black text, no colored inks.

Download the full rules and guidelines below: