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Short Story Competition

World Book and Copyright Day

Is a celebration of the joys of reading and literature. Each year since 1995, people of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities have come together to recognize the impact books have had on human culture. April 23rd was chosen by UNESCO for a very specific reason: It is the anniversary of the deaths of some of history's most influential authors, the likes of William Shakespeare, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and Miguel de Cervantes. Even in the internet age, it's still important to commemorate the deaths of such titanic figures, promote literacy, stand up for equal access to knowledge, and revere creativity. That is what World Book and Copyright Day is about. While April 23rd may have come and gone, is there anything more true to the writing experience than delays? In my personal experience, I'd say no.

Rules and Information

  • Short stories should be centered around this topic: The power of storytelling. Feel free to interpret it as narrowly or broadly as you see fit, let your creativity show!

  • Submissions will open on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at 12:00 AM Central Standard Time (CST), and will run until Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 12:00 AM CST.

  • Submissions should be DM-ed to SiliconVGC#5439 on Discord, TG-ed to Gemeinschaftsland, or provided in a private conversation to Gem on the Europeian off-site forums.

  • Only one story may be submitted per individual.

  • All stories must be original work. If any participants are caught plagiarizing, they will be immediately disqualified.

  • Stories may not endorse hate speech of any kind that disparages others on the basis of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, country of origin or similar circumstances.

  • Stories should endeavor to stay away from excessive profanity.

  • Stories must not include erotica.

  • As this is a short story competition, submissions must be 1,500 words or less.

  • Voting will begin after the conclusion of the submission period.

  • Voting will be held in a publicly-available area in the Europeian off-site forums. Nonetheless, registration will be required to vote.

  • The victor and runners-up will be provided with unique Writer of the Year graphics (marked with placings ofc), and hold sole bragging rights (until next year 😉).

If there are any further questions, please, contact me, Gem, via private forum conversation, telegram to Gemeinschaftsland or DM to SiliconVGC#5439!

Happy belated World Book and Copyright Day, and we can't wait to see the amazingly creative stories you all come up with!