Short Story Guidelines

A  brief  examination  of  a  subject  in  prose  usually  expressing  a  personal  view  or  interpretation  of  a subject or topic.

Traditional elements of the short story include plot, characters, style, setting, structure, tone, theme and narrative point of view. These elements may guide a writer in the creation of a short story, but not all elements will be clearly identifiable in every story.

Requirements:

 

1. Mail one (1) notarized copy of the short story written only by the contestant to the Coraopolis NAACP by MARCH 31

     Coraopolis NAACP P. O. Box 844 Coraopolis, PA. 15108

 

2. The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number and unit name and number (Coraopolis NAACP #26AB-B).

 

3. The Short Story must be typed, double-spaced and between 1000 and 1500 words. 

4. The Short Story should have a single-story line without subplots. 

  • No more than three or four characters

  • A single viewpoint

  • A short time scale  

     

5. The contestant must be prepared to answer questions by the judges.

 

Contestants Will Be Judged by the Following Criteria:

• General Merit (25 pts)

  • Ideas - single storyline, no subplots, 3 - 4 charater, single viewpoint (2 at the most) short time scale

  • Organization - consistent writing style, consistent mood/tone and space

  • Wording - appropriate language, brief descriptions

  • Flavor   

• Mechanics (25 pts)

 

  • Usage;

  • Punctuation/Capitalization/Spelling;

• Overall Effect (50 pts)

              Minmum background, concise dialogue, no lengthy preamble, no contrived ending

NOTE: For students that qualify for the National Competition

The deadline for submission of national registration documents is the second Saturday of May. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

 

Contact ACT-SO Chairman Carter Spruill for further information

coraopolisnaacp@gmail.com