The 2016 story-writing contest has ended. The next contest scheduled is for 2017-2018.
Check HERE for more information.
Before asking me a question about the contest that is not covered in the Official Contest Rules, please take a look at these FAQs (frequently asked questions). The answer to your question may be hiding just below!
1. May I enter a story I have already written for a guest post here on Andi's blog?
No, sorry, but each entry in the contest must be an original story that has never been published on the blog.
2. Can I make up new characters?
Yes! Just so long as you include some of the Circle C characters to interact with your new characters.
3. What if my birthday falls during the months of the contest and I end up in a different age category?
No worries. You can choose to stay in the younger category or go up to the older category. I'm flexible with these things.
4. Can we mix and match characters from all of the series into one story?
Yes, you may use characters from any of the CCAdventures, CCBeginnings, Circle C Milestones, and Goldtown books and put them all into one story. Older writers can write about the CCB and younger writers can write about the older series. It's wide open.
5. Is it okay to write about something Andi remembers in the books, like the time Mitch brought her a rattlesnake's rattle?
Of course! You may take any "flashbacks" Andi remembers from any of the books and expand them into a new story.
6. What about minor characters? Can I write a whole new story about them?
7. May I write a story about when Andi's brothers were little?
Well, sure! Have fun with that. I did it with Chad, when he went with his father to Goldtown, in Tunnel of Gold. I also wrote "A Matter of Honor" short story for the Tales from the Circle C Ranch book. It was a lot of fun to make up stories of when Andi's siblings were little.
8. May I type a story for a younger sibling?
Yes. Here is how it works. If your sibling is ages 6-9, she or he may narrate the story to you, and you can type it just as they tell you. If your sibling is ages 10-13 and they have a hard time keyboarding, you may type their story to submit, as long as they have written the story longhand first.
9. What if I go over the word count?
I suggest you go back and edit out as many unnecessary words as you can. You will not be disqualified if you are 25 to 50 words words over, but any more than that and I may send it back and ask you to reduce the word count. This is for consideration for our judges.
10. May Canadians (and other writers outside the U.S.) enter the contest?
Yes, but if you win, your prize money will be limited to what I can send electronically, like via PayPal.
11. Can my sister and I write a story together?
Yes. But realize that the prize goes for the "story," not for the number of authors. One winning story = one winning prize, which you will have to split between you somehow. And . . . the story must be submitted to the category of the older sibling.
12. Would it be okay if I illustrate my story?
You may, but it won't affect the judging in any way. If the resolution is high enough, it may find its way into the final book if you win.
13. I don't have a way to scan the Entry Form. How will I get it to you?
You may mail the Entry Form to my address, but the story itself must be Emailed (or Google docs).
14. Can I make Andi older . . . like 15?
Yes. Andi (or any of the CCAdventures and Goldtown characters) can be any age you want.
15. Will every story entered be posted on Andi's blog?
No, but the book and a Kindle edition will be available from Amazon at a very reasonable price.
16. If I don't win, can I still buy a copy of Along the Western Trail?
Yes. The compilation of winning stories will be published on CreateSpace and available as both a print book and a Kindle edition.
17. If I enter 2 stories, do I need a different entry form for each one?
Yes, so I can keep track of which story goes with which contestant. But you can mail them together (or scan and send via email; or take a picture with an iPhone and email me).