2020 SOWER & HARVEST

SHORT STORY PRIZES

 

 

 

We’re delighted to launch our third biennial short story writing contest for homeschoolers!

  • There is no entry fee.

  • The competition is open to all current homeschool students residing in the US.

  • Participants must be in the 3rd through 8th grades.

  • Private homeschoolers are eligible. Home-based charter school students are NOT eligible.

  • Parental permission to enter is required.

  • All stories must be original work of the student. All students must craft and type their own stories.

  • All stories must be fiction.

  • Parents or guardians may check their children’s stories for grammatical errors and other line edits, but they may NOT co-write stories with their children.

  • Parents may not copy children’s stories for them.

  • Past winners are ineligible.

  • Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of our sponsors are ineligible.

 

SELECT YOUR LEVEL

  • Level A (grades 3 & 4)
  • Level B (grades 5 & 6)
  • Level C (grades 7 & 8)

 

WRITE YOUR STORY

Each level has a special theme that should be interpreted in the story. Stories that do not contain the theme will be disqualified.

  • Level A (grades 3 & 4) – SELFISHNESS: We often forget how our selfish desires impact others and how selfish actions can sometimes bring us closer to a major turning point in our lives. In order to overcome too much thinking about self, we need to love ourselves less and deny our own desires. For this level, we’re seeking stories that illustrate the theme of selfishness.
  • Level B (grades 5 & 6) – INTEGRITY: There are instances in life that require for us to stand on biblical principles and precepts. We’re sometimes called to go against the grain of the world, to stand for what is right and true. For this level, we’re seeking stories that illustrate the theme of integrity.
  • Level C (grades 7 & 8) – REGRET: We make our decisions oftentimes in the spur of the moment and in hindsight, we come to realize we are regretful for taking a certain course of action. Despite this, God has a way to make everything work out for good for the believer. For this level, we’re seeking stories that illustrate the theme of regret.

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We’re looking for well-written stories that are vivid—rich with scene, imagination, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—and that possess a unique interpretation of the theme (see above). Tell us something new about the world through your eyes and through your voice.

 

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR

We are NOT seeking the following-

  • fantasy
  • fable
  • supernatural
  • fairytale
  • legend
  • science-fiction
  • mythology
  • fanfiction
  • speculative fiction
  • romance

 

 

SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Stories must be written in English and should be between 800 – 900 words.

  • Stories must include the designated theme according to grade level (see above).
  • For tips on how to write captivating dialogue, look here (basic version) or here (detailed version).
  • For a how-to on formatting your document, check this link.
  • Fill out the form below and upload your story file in PDF format only. Please name your PDF file as such: Last name-story title (example: Dalgliesh-The Courage of Sarah Noble.pdf).
  • An auto-responder email will confirm receipt of your submission.
  • All stories will be read by the founders of Burning Bush Press and a group of volunteer judges.
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DEADLINE

January 31, 2020

 

PRIZES

Awards are generous donations from our sponsors. All winning stories will be published on the Burning Bush Press website. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each level as follows:

 

1st PLACE

 

2nd PLACE

 

3rd PLACE

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

In February 2020, winners will be notified by email. We will publically announce the winners in our newsletter and across social media. All winning stories will be published on the Burning Bush Press website.

Burning Bush Press retains the right to republish winning stories in future print or online issues of the magazine, including the Burning Bush Press website. Should your work be published in a collection elsewhere at some later date, we’d appreciate the standard acknowledgment.

 

 


 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CONTEST ENTRY FORM

 




STEP 1: STUDENT INFORMATION



STEP 2: PARENTAL INFORMATION



I confirm that my child is the author and copyright holder of this submission. As her/his legal guardian, I agree without restriction or limitation to all the following terms:



I hereby submit my child's original work to the Sower and Harvest Short Story Prizes contest, managed by Burning Bush Press, free of charge and without any present or future financial obligation.



I hereby allow Burning Bush Press to edit, publish, or use my child's original work for any purpose deemed appropriate at the discretion of Burning Bush Press without liability, and I hold Burning Bush Press harmless. I understand Burning Bush Press retains the right to republish winning stories in future print or online issues of the magazine, including the Burning Bush Press website.



I affirm that my child is a resident of the United States and is a student of an independent private home school. I affirm that my child is not a student of a home-based charter school.



I grant permission to Burning Bush Press to add my email to their newsletter list. I understand they will never sell my email address to anyone.



I grant permission to Burning Bush Press to list only my child's name, age, and grade level for any and all present or future purposes as determined appropriate at the discretion of Burning Bush Press.




STEP 3: INTERESTS for future content on our site (check all that apply):



STEP 4: SUBMIT STORY (PDF files only.)