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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Mundelein Arts Commission Announces Fourth Short Story Contest for Adult, Student Writers

For the fourth time, the Mundelein Arts Commission (MAC) is pleased to host their short story contest. For the 2019 contest, there will be one category for adults 18 and up and another category for students in or entering grades 9-12 this fall. Anyone living or working in Lake County is eligible to enter. Deadline for the story submissions is now November 1, 2019.

According to MAC Chair Joyce Lee, “We wanted to get the word out early, so writers will have time to craft the best stories possible.”

The theme for both contests is simply, “Mountains.” Stories should include some aspect of this theme, in any creative manner. Writers may wish to include the idea of actual physical mountains, perhaps in an adventure story, or they might choose to take a more metaphorical approach, writing a story in which a character must deal with a mountainous problem.

Stories must be fictional—nonfiction pieces such as memoirs, histories, descriptions, or essays will not be considered. Stories will be judged on the elements of fiction, including plot, conflict, character, point of view, setting, theme, language, narrative devices (dialogue, foreshadowing, irony, suspense), tone/voice, conventions (spelling, punctuation), and structure/organization.

Stories should be no more than 3,000 words, submitted as a Word doc or PDF (no Google docs, please) by the deadline. No identifying information should be on the story itself, as each will be assigned a number for identification. Each entry should be accompanied by a completed entry form, available at the MAC webpage: www.mundelein.org/MAC. Forms should be downloaded, filled out and scanned in as a PDF, then emailed along with the story document. Entrants under 18 must have the entry form signed by a parent or guardian. Participants are advised to obtain and follow the complete contest rules, available on the MAC webpage.

Judge for both contests will be Mundelein artist and writer Shawn P. Killackey, author of Mundelein, a local history of the Village. A Mundelein resident since 2005, Killackey is on the Board of Education for the Fremont School District 79 and a member of the newly-formed Mundelein Historical Commission.

As an added incentive, each category offers cash prizes of $50, $30 and $20 for the three top choices, as well as publication for those and any honorable mentions in the latest edition of Mundelein Writes: The Mountains We Climb. Copies of the book will be given to the featured writers, with additional copies available for free of charge at the Village Hall.

Anyone with questions may email jblee53@yahoo.com with “Contest Question” in the subject line.

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