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All Pikes Peak Writes

All Pikes Peak Writes

Creativity and imagination abound in the Pikes Peak region. Show off your talents by entering All Pikes Peak Writes, PPLD's 3rd annual fiction writing contest for adults. Submit your entry to All Pikes Peak Writes from February 15 - April 16.

Below, you will find contest rules, submission deadlines, and other useful information as you begin your writing.

You can read last year's winning entries here.

Eligibility
All Pikes Peak Writes is open to those who are ages 18 and over and who currently live in El Paso County. Employees of Pikes Peak Library District and members of the judging panel are not eligible.

Rules for entry

  • Only one work may be submitted per entrant.
  • Qualifying stories are: original, previously unpublished, and no longer than 3,500 words.
  • Stories must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font.
  • Works may be of any genre.
  • Two copies of the story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form.
  • Acceptable file formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx
  • Entries will be accepted beginning February 15 at all PPLD locations and online.
  • All entries must be submitted to any PPLD location or postmarked by Monday, April 16 at 9 p.m.
  • Entrant’s name should only appear on the submission form (not any of the story pages.)
  • The title of the story should appear on the upper right corner of each page followed by the page number.

Judging
Entries will be judged on quality of writing, use of language, and overall impression of the work. The judging panel may include library staff, local authors, and previous winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Awards
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries. An award ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 5 during the Mountain of Authors program at Library 21c.

Comments

Two copies of each story must be included with an All Pikes Peak Writes Entry Form and returned to any Pikes Peak Library District location, OR submitted online to allpikespeakwrites@ppld.org along with a submission form.

-I would suggest changing "each" to "the". There's been some confusion regarding submitting more than one work.
-Also, can an excerpt of a longer story be submitted?
Thanks!

Hi Brian,
Thank you for the suggestion and your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes. We will change the wording on all of our online material to avoid further confusion. Also, an excerpt of a longer story is considered acceptable as long as it adheres to all other rules for entry.

Thank you again for your interest in All Pikes Peak Writes, and happy writing!
-Heidi

Hi! I was just wondering if we could dedicate it to somebody and write it either at the end of the story or the cover page where the title is?

Hello Kimmie,

Thanks for your question. A dedication is acceptable, and can be placed on the cover page under the title.

Please let me know if you have more questions, and thanks for participating in All Pikes Peak Writes!
-Heidi

Hello- I got an entry form from the bookmobile. On it it says ..One copy of the story must be submitted...... On the online entry form, it says ..... Two copies must be submitted.....
Do I need to submit 1 or 2? Also, can I submit the hard copies to the bookmobile?
Thanks,
Janni

Hi Janni,

Thank you for your question, and sorry for the confusion. If you are submitting a paper copy of your story, please submit two copies. Yes, you can submit your story to the bookmobile or any other PPLD location.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, and thanks for participating in All Pikes Peak Writes!
-Heidi

Hello!
When will the 2018 winners be announced online? I was unable to attend the ceremony in person.
Thank you,

Hello,

Thank you for participating in All Pikes Peak Writes! The winning stories will be posted to ppld.org by the end of the month, but here is a list of the winning entries:
1st Place--"In the Shadow of the Mountain" by Leisel Hufford
2nd Place--"A Rational List" by Sandra Hendricks
3rd Place--"Hungry" by Davyne Desye
Runner Up--"Friends Aside" by Ann Amicucci
Runner Up--"Checkmate" by Molly Bailey

Thank you again for participating and we look forward to reading your entries next year!

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