Young Writers’ Contest
Lee Roddy Young Writers’ Contest
Sierra Writers honors past president, Lee Roddy, by naming our awards to teenage authors of short fiction after him. Roddy is the author of over 50 novels written for children and young adults. Without authors who engender the love of reading in our youth, where would authors of adult fiction find their readers?
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
Honorable Mention: $50
Submit no later than April 1 postmark. Contest open to teens (ages 14-19) either residing in Nevada County or attending a school within Nevada County.
Manuscripts must be attached to an email in a Microsoft Word document or pdf file. Manuscripts must be double spaced, 250-300 words per page, pages numbered consecutively. Do not use bold script. Either Arial or Times New Roman recommended. Use point size 12.
Short stories only, 2,000 word maximum. One short story per person.
Do not include your name or address on your manuscript.
Do include Title and page number at the top of each page.
All entries will be judged anonymously. Winners announced in early May, and awards presented at the Sierra Writers May meeting.
A completed Entry Form is required as part of the email. Email to email@example.com with the subject line, “Young Writers Contest” + your title.
Winning manuscripts may be posted on sierrawriters.org and may be included in a future anthology—with author’s permission.
Copyright remains with author.
Sierra Writers reserves the right to cancel contest in the absence of sufficient entries of merit. Decisions of the judges are final.
Be sure to retain a copy of your entry. No manuscripts will be returned.
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard to read manuscripts will automatically be discarded, as well as entries that don’t follow the rules above.
Young Writers Contest Entry Form
Email entry info with an attached story to email@example.com
AGE___________ (14 through 19)
TITLE OF SHORT STORY_______________________________________________
Name, Phone, Email of Parent, Guardian, Teacher, Counselor, Adult Mentor, Probation Officer, or Clergyman (for required permission)