From November 1 to November 4, the 215 Festival is taking over Philadelphia for four days of literary goodness. In celebration, we’re partnering with the festival, hometown heroes Quirk Books, and rad youth writing website Figment, on a Philly-inspired writing contest! It’s open to anyone ages 13 and up, and prizes include getting printed in our Spring 2013 issue and winning some delicious YA fiction from Quirk.
You know you’re stuck in your house during the storm; it might be just the time to huddle with a cup of tea and write a story … a story of 250 words or less that takes place in the Philadelphia area. You have until Sunday, November 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Full contest details here at Figment, and after the jump.
All entries will be read by the 215 Festival, who will choose 15 finalists. Those finalists will then be judged by Apiary magazine and Madeleine Richardson Graham, curator of the 215 Festival’s YA Saturday—a.k.a. Figment citizen Vee Weasley!
The grand-prize winner will have their story published in Apiary‘s print edition. They’ll also receive a signed copy of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children—published by PA-based Quirk Books—as well as a signed Peregrine poster and (get this) three found photos from Ransom Riggs’ personal collection! The grand-prize winner will also receive an Apiary tote bag and t-shirt.
Two runners-up will have their stories published on Apiary magazine’s website and receive an Apiary tote bag and t-shirt, as well as a signed copy of Miss Peregrine.
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with 215Festival on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
You have until Sunday, November 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. So get writing!