Do you have what it takes to be the next great short-fiction writer?

Bucks County Community College is hosting its third annual Bucks County Short Fiction contest. Enter your best story by October 17 for a chance to win up to $200 and be honored at a campus reception.

Elizabeth Lucianothe literature professor who launched the contest, says the competition is a unique opportunity for writers to have their voices heard.

“The college has long played an active role in nurturing the creative writing community, most notably through the Bucks County Poet Laureate and Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contests,” Luciano said. “This project adds to that synergy by encouraging fiction writers throughout the county.”

To Enter:

To enter, you must be a Bucks County residents over 18 years of age out of high school. Submit one story of up to 12 typewritten, double-spaced pages by noon Thursday, October 17. Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online formats. Enter your submission online at

Bucks County Community College employees (both full- and part-time) are not eligible.


Kelly Simmons will be blindly judging the contest. Simmons is a Philadelphia-area writer whose books include “One More Day,” “The Fifth of July,” and “The Bird House.” Her fifth novel, “Where She Went,” will be released October 1 by Sourcebooks.

The Winners:

The top three winners in the contest will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively. Winners are invited to read their work at a public reception at Bucks Newtown Campus on Saturday, December 7. Kelly Simmons will also read from her works at the reception.

For more information about the contest, contact Professor Elizabeth Luciano at [email protected] or the Language and Literature Department at 215-968-8167. Bucks County Community College will hold a Bucks County High School Short-Fiction contest this spring. Look for details in early 2020.

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