Thursday, August 27, 2015

Circle C Adventures (and Goldtown) Short-Story Writing Contest 2016

Greetings, young writers! I'm excited to announce the 3rd annual Circle C Adventures (and Goldtown) story-writing contest for 2016. Anyone between the ages of 6 and 17 may enter. There is  no fee, and no purchase is required. However, since the writing contest revolves around the characters and settings from the book series, you might want to find a copy of the books in your local library to familiarize yourself with the premise. If you would like to see previous contest winners' story, both book are available on Amazon as print and Kindle editions

This page gives you a quick summary of the contest rules. However, you will also need to download and read the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES in order to enter. The Entry Form (which your parent will need to sign) must be scanned and emailed to me (or sent via snail mail) in order to be officially entered in the contest. NOTE: I need at least eight (8) entries in each category to run the contest. So far, this has not been a problem. :-)

CATEGORIES and WORD COUNT: There are three (3) categories for contestants, based on age.
       A. Ages 6-9 (500-1,000 words)  (Children in this age category may narrate their story.)
       B. Ages 10-13 (1,500-2,500 words)
       C. Ages 14-17 (2,000-3,500 words)

CONTENT: The stories must revolve around the characters and settings from the Circle C and Goldtown books. Any characters from any of the four (4) series may be used in any combination. You may also create new characters, as long as the characters from the original series are part of the story in some way.

To learn the basics of writing a character/problem/solution story, on which this contest is based, click the link for a PDF file: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 10 and up
Younger contestants can go here: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 6-9 

PRIZES: There will be a FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place winner for each category, as well as one Honorable Mention for each category.
(Note: due to high shipping rates, international winners receive PayPal $$ and ebooks only.)

 First-place winners receive:
     1. $10.00 cash (U.S. winners only, unless PayPal is available outside the U.S.)
     2. a copy of the paperback book, Along the Western Trail, containing the 12 winning stories.
     3. a copy of the Tenth Anniversary Expanded Edition of Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home.
     4. a Circle C Milestones (or Circle C Adventures) journal--winner's choice
     5. a horse T-shirt: choice of three styles and a variety of colors

Second-place winners receive:

     1. a copy of the paperback book, Along the Western Trail, containing the 12 winning stories.
     2. a copy of the Tenth Anniversary Expanded Edition of Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home.
     3. a horse T-shirt: choice of three styles and a variety of colors 

Third-place winners receive:

     1. a copy of the print book, Along the Western Trail, containing the 12 winning stories.
     2. a copy of the Tenth Anniversary Expanded Edition of Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home.

Honorable Mentions receive:
     1. A Certificate of Honorable Mention (emailed to winners outside the U.S.)
     2. A copy of the paperback book, Along the Western Trail, containing the 12 winning stories.

To read more about how your story will be judged, how to submit your story, and the rest of the details for the contest, download the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.

If you have questions (after reading the Official Rules), you may leave a comment on this page. I will address your questions in follow-up comments. Before you ask a question, check the FAQs (frequently asked questions) and see if somebody has already asked it.

Have fun! Deadline: January 15, 2016. Winners announced on or before April 1, 2016.
Here you can read about our fantastic, independent judges for the contest. They have read and are familiar with the characters and situations in the Circle C Adventures / Circle C Beginnings / Circle C Milestones / Goldtown books:

Judges for Ages 6-9:

Colleen L. Reece was born and raised near Darrington, WA, a tiny logging town in the Cascade Mts. Her family had no electricity or running water, and she learned to read by kerosene lamplight. She dreamed of someday writing a book. God multiplied her "someday" book into more than 150 titles, with over six million copies sold. Colleen is a great example of what an extraordinary God can do with an ordinary person who wants to love and serve Him. Visit Colleen on her Amazon Author Page.

Heather FitzGerald wears disguises and avoids showing her face in public for fear of retaliation from Trolls and Dark Dwarves. Ever since she wrote her novel, The Tethered World, which reveals their existence and chronicles their hostilities with Gnomes and Nephilum, Heather must take precautions to protect herself. You'll get a chance to read this sensitive material for yourself when the book releases February 1, 2015 from Mountain Brook Ink publishing. In the meantime, discover more about The Tethered World at

Judges for Ages 10-13:

Donna Alice Patton is a freelance writer and history buff living in rural Ohio. She is the author of three books: The Search for the Madonna and The Gift of Summer Snow for children, and Roses are Red, Diamonds are Blue, a mystery/thriller for adults. Read more at

Emily McConnell is an aspiring Christian novelist. A nominee in four categories of fan fiction's "Papa Bear Awards" including best story, she's also had several articles published in small magazines, newspapers, and online newspapers. Her favorite genre to write is historical fiction, particularly World War 2 and the Cold War, though she does love to write crazy stories where her characters come to life and hijack her blog for the day. Emily lives in Washington state with five of her eight siblings, her parents, and her horse, Bodie.

Judges for Ages 14-17:

Rebekah A. Morris is a home-school graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. She has written and published eleven books including Home Fires of the Great War, Gift from the Storm, and the Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes--when she isn't writing one of many different stories--include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state (Missouri) is her home, though she dreams to one day visit all fifty states, starting with Montana. Visit Rebekah at: 

Karla Cook is a freelance writer, blogger, and aspiring novelist. She is currently working on a coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, inspired by her grandmother's letters and diary. She makes her home in the panhandle of Idaho with her husband, two homeschooled daughters, and an assortment of pets. She loves to read, research family history, and take road trips. Learn more at


  1. That's so exciting!! I can't enter this year, but I'm so excited to see all the stories! :D

  2. I can't enter either, but good luck to all who do! :)

    1. Same here. :) Have a great time writing!

  3. So entering and so glad that my favorite writer and favorite bloggers are one of the judges! Emily McConnell and Rebekah A. Morris.

  4. Can't wait to get started! :)

    ~Lydia~ <3

  5. I am *so* looking forward to entering!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for hosting these contests!

  6. When do I have to give you my story?
    Lexah Nelson

    1. Dates and prizes and everything you need to know is right here in this post. :-)
      You can also download the Official Rule and print them out to have on hand. There is also an FAQs "tab" you can click and learn more.

  7. Ok. Thanks a lot!

  8. If I illustrate my story, do I have to send a picture of my drawing (by an email attatchment)? Or can I put it within the Word document?

    1. With the Word document should be fine. Or send separately. Sounds like you have to scan it either way. :-) (to get it into the Word document.)

  9. How old were Kate, Justin, Chad, Mitch, Melinda, Riley, and Cory when Andi was born? (Kate was still there, right?)

    1. Justin - 16
      Chad - 15
      Kate - 13
      Mitch - 10
      Melinda - 5

      Riley would have been 2
      Cory would have been 1

      yes, kate left home when Andi was 2 years old.

    2. Thank you so much!!!!!


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