Time is running out to stop procrastinating and start finishing your entry for the Second Annual Brno Short Story Writing Contest. The submission deadline is April 30.

Brno, Apr 15 (BD) – The best short story will win 6,000kc. Second place gets 2,000kc and third place gets 1,000kc.

The BSSWC is a free contest. Only one entry per person. The short stories must be in English, 2,500 words or less, and include the theme “Out of the Box” in some significant way.

There are many ways to interpret the “Out of the Box” contest theme. Several entries have already been made and the creative angles are interesting and entertaining.

Entries must be submitted by email by midnight April 30, 2018. For more specific instructions, please go to the contest website at www.brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com or visit www.facebook.com/brnowritersgroup . Send questions to brnowritersgroup@gmail.com.

The jury includes a cross-section of local cultural icons and writing enthusiasts: Don Sparling, a co-founder of the Brno Expat Centre and a longtime leader in the local expat and Masaryk University communities; Tomáš Kačer, a teacher in the Department of English and American Studies at MU and a translator; Anna Formánková, a translator and a book editor at MOBA Publishing House; and contest co-founder and Brno Writers Group co-founder Lee Adams, the At the Movies blogger for the Brno Expat Centre.

The jury will be instructed that the contest is focused on creating a story that includes the theme “Out of the Box” in some significant way. The story is the most important aspect, including writing, originality, character development, and plot development. It is understood that most of the entrants will not be native English speakers and that, in fact, this may be their first attempt to write creatively in English. All entrants should endeavor to adhere to the rules of English; however, spelling and grammar will not be critical for success.

Winners will be announced in early June.

Brno Daily (brnodaily.cz) and the Brno Expat Centre (brnoexpatcentre.eu) are both media sponsors of the Brno Short Story Writing Contest.

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