Scribbler’s Transformation Contest

"I intend to speak of bodies changed into new entities"

Ovid, Metamorphoses

Guidelines for Scribbler's Micro-Prose Contest: "Transformation"

1. The theme of transformation can be literal or metaphorical--a mannequin coming to life, a girl turning into a butterfly, and a veteran teacher forced to take on a new subject would all be valid topics for this contest. The subject is change and its effects on life. You might also consider how language itself, or the form of your piece, can reflect the theme--can the work itself undergo transformation?

2. Any genre is allowed: fiction, essay, memoir, poetry. If you get stuck, thinking about a moment of change in your own life--a point when something ended or opened up--could be a rich entryway.

3. Maximum length is 800 words. This is approximately 3 pages double spaced. Please use word count to verify you are within the accepted word limit. Entries over 800 words may be disqualified.

3a. The word limit is tight to encourage you to be light, poetic, and suggestive in your prose. Consider using juxtaposition, white space, and strong imagery as ways of getting the most out of your word count.

4. Entries will be read aloud at the meeting of STL Scribblers on Monday, June 6 at 7 pm, Central Library 2.3. Group members will select the winner by democratic vote. The first-place winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Half Price Books, University City. First, second, and third place winners will have the option to publish their work on this blog in the month of June.

5. All entries must be submitted to by Sunday, June 5 at 11:59 pm.

The contest is open to members of the STL Scribblers group and patrons of the St. Louis Public Library. Feel free to contact me at the email address above if you have any questions.

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