Short Story Entry Rules

    • Squeekie must be a character in your story and at least part of the story must be set at Cupboard Maker Books
    • Open to anyone!
    • Up to 2 entries per contestant
    • Entries should be 1500 - 5000 words in length
    • Entries should be titled by the author
    • All entries should be typed, double spaced, 11 point Calibri
      • Word Documents for electronic submissions (.doc or .docx)
      • Other document types are acceptable if they are compatible with Word
    • Entries can either be submitted in person or through email
      • In person: please bring typed, printed, and stapled pages (If you win, we need a copy in Word or another document type compatible with Word.)
      • Through email: Send documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • All entries should include the contestant’s name (& grade if still in school), mailing address, phone number, and email address on the title page.
    • Midnight on July 31, 2017 is the absolute deadline for the extended rules.
    • Winners will be announced August 15th at 5 PM and winners will be contacted separately.
    • The contest will be judged by an independent panel. The judges will not know who wrote each story.
    • This is a contest and all winners are determined by the panel.
    • Not all entries will win. There will only be nine stories in this collection, and two spots are full from the first round.
    • Prize for each winner is one copy of “The Second Nine Lives of Squeekie the Bookstore Cat” and one Book-a-Week certificate (good for one year). The Book-a-Week must be redeemed on a week to week basis, you CANNOT redeem all 52 at once.
      • Contestants can only win one certificate, i.e. even if you submit two brilliant stories and both are chosen for the collection, you will only receive one Book-a-Week certificate
      • You do not need to live in the Harrisburg area but the prize cannot be shipped. The one free book a week for a year is a weekly prize and contestants must get their book at Cupboard Maker Books each week.
      • In addition, all winners get the book spine of their choice displayed on our interior wall.


Rights Disclaimer:  Winners release all rights to their stories to the Cupboard Maker Books.  No royalties will be paid on the stories.

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