What Is Your Best Story About Brno? The Brno Short Story Writing Contest Returns
Deadline for submission is May 17. Photo credit: CG / Brno Daily.
Brno, Mar 2 (BD) – The weather is getting nicer. The days are getting longer. And the birdsongs are calling for springtime to arrive. That, of course, means only one thing: It’s time to be creative.
The Fourth Annual Brno Short Story Writing Contest has begun accepting entries. The theme is: Brno. This is your chance to tell your best story about life in our fair city — and maybe get paid for it.
The deadline for entries is Sunday, May 17, 2020. The best short story will win 6,000kc. Second place gets 3,000kc and third place gets 1,000kc.
The BSSWC is a free contest. Only one entry per person. The short stories must be in English, 2,500 words or less, and include the theme “Brno” in some significant way. The story can be about the history of Brno. It can be about weather in Brno. It can simply be set in some part of Brno.
Entries must be submitted by email by midnight Sunday, May 17, 2020. Winners will be announced in June.
The jury includes a cross-section of local cultural icons and writing enthusiasts:
– Don Sparling, a co-founder of the Brno Expat Centre and a longtime leader in the local expat and Masaryk University communities;
– Tomáš Kačer, a teacher in the Department of English and American Studies at MU and a translator;
– Anna Formánková, a translator and a book editor at MOBA Publishing House; and
– Theo Singleton, a member of the Brno Writers Group who finished second in this contest in 2017.
The jury will be instructed that the contest is focused on creating a story that includes the theme “Brno” in some significant way. The story is the most important aspect, including writing, originality, character development, and plot development. It is understood that most of the entrants will not be native English speakers and that, in fact, this may be their first attempt to write creatively in English. All entrants should endeavor to adhere to the rules of English; however, spelling and grammar will not be critical for success.