Third Annual Beginner’s Short Story Contest

A contest that is truly for beginner’s only! If you have been fortunate enough to sell a book or a short story, congratulations – but you don’t qualify for this contest. If you have self-published, you do qualify. This is an honor system.


1. Any genre (Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Children, etc.)
2. 1,000 – 1,750 words
3. There is no entry fee, but since Creative Writing Institute is a non-profit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses, we’re asking entrants to donate $1 – $5 donations through credit card or PayPal at If you can’t donate, you’re still welcome to enter.
4. Short Story rights remain the property of the author
5. Entries must be G-rated. That means no swearing or vulgarities.
6. Contest ends midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time, October 20, 2011
7. Mail to head judge,
8. Put WRITING CONTEST in the subject line
9. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style, and technique
10. NOT following instructions may lead to disqualification
11. Up to two entries per person
12. Winners will be notified by email on or before December 15, 2011.

Prizes: 1st place winner will receive cash (up to $100, depending on donations received) OR a free, tutored writing course at Creative Writing Institute, valued at $200. In addition, the winner will receive two books, Word Magic by Cindy Rogers and an autographed copy of Word Trippers by Barbara McNichol. Our thanks go to both Cindy and Barbara for making these prizes available. Winning entry will be published on and our blogs, along with the winner’s bio and picture, if provided.

Second place: Two free tutoring sessions with CEO and Founder, Deborah Owen, and a copy of Word Magic by Cindy Rogers. Winner’s name will be published on and its blogs and we will provide a link to your story.

Third place: One free tutoring session with CEO and Founder, Deborah Owen, and an autographed copy of Word Trippers by Barbara McNichol. Winner’s name will be published on and its blogs and we will provide a link to your story.

Honorable mentions: Names will be published on and its blogs and we will provide a link to your story.

This is a small contest and your chances of winning are good. Enter now!

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  2. Superb blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a
    little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Thanks!


      1. Hi Deb,
        Alright !….. It couldn’t come soon enough . especially on your site!
        A very enjoyable site to read daily, I am so happy I learned of it.
        Thank you ms Deb,


  3. Hi Deb,
    The “Tonight we Rewrite the Rules”
    is/was a great experience for me as a beginner writer,
    Thank you Deb for the contest,and with such a title.

    I was so curious about that I researched it.on Google.

    and “WOW!, did I find some info on it!

    I learned how to edit my writing closer for a better story
    following your advice of how I did write,

    I will be writing more by getting the course from C W I .
    There is a teacher to help all thru the 8 weeks,

    It will be my first here also, and I will helping cancer patients learn too.
    Just thinking about helping them is a great feeling
    Again, thank you , Deb. CEO @ C W I.
    Please visit the website, it’s great reading!
    Happy Day


    1. Thanks, Sonny. I’m surprised that you found that much material on the net. I’ve never searched that phrase. Great idea! Once you’ve taken a tutored writing course, you will be spoiled and never want a regular instructor again! Deb


      1. But, You are my favorite writer,Deb,
        I have learned much from you,
        You’re a great teacher,
        I am happily writing with more confidence
        Happy Day


  4. You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.


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