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“New Realities”: fourth annual contest with Stories on Stage

Around this time last year, Beth Bell was being feted by the audiences and her fellow workshoppers for her award-winning story, “Heart Dog” (which had a heart-stopping ending, performed dramatically by actress Rachel Fowler). She reflected on the process in this underground bootleg flip video taken by our own Dan Manzanares. You might remember that two years ago, we enjoyed another epic performance of the Lighthouse-member story “Naomi and the Writer,” by Laurie Sleeper, at the Denver Civic Theatre alongside readings of T.C. Boyle and E.L. Doctorow. To relive some of the glory, check out our series of blog posts on the events.

We’re pleased to announce that for the fourth year running, we’re continuing the contest and once again, we’ll have some funds available to those who’d like to be part of the Page-to-Stage Contest but need some financial assistance to join the short story workshops. (This is not just a straight writing contest; it’s a collaboration between the Lighthouse short story workshops and Stories on Stage, so it’s only open to members of the current short story and fiction workshops.)

The winning story will receive a $200 prize and be read along stories by Don DeLillo, Alexi Zentner, and Dave Hanson.

Short story writership tuition assistance information (this is JUST for folks who apply for Writership tuition assistance, and is not a requirement in any way for story writers wishing to enter the contest):

  • Go to our Web site and fill out the application for Writership Tuition Assistance. Follow the directions there for submitting it.
  • Include in your e-mail a brief sense of your financial need, but also indicate you’re doing this as part of the Page to Stage contest. Let us know which class you’d like to register for (subject to course openings).
  • As with all Writership funds, those who are granted half-off tuition must enroll in the session for which they applied (October)—the funds cannot be transferred to future sessions. (This is a stipulation of our grant.)
  • Staff and faculty of Lighthouse Writers Workshop are not eligible to enter the scholarship or the Stories on Stage contest. Lighthouse will not take part in judging the contest.

Here are the rules/regs for the contest:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in the October session of the Intro, Intermediate, or Advanced Short Story, the Fiction Workshop, the Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Workshop, the Boulder, or Online Fiction workshops. The point is that writers will have the opportunity to workshop and refine, through our workshops, their submissions.
  • Stories must be no more than 4,000 words & should be double-spaced, 12-pt. font. (We recommend shorter if possible–shorter submissions sometimes have a better shot at fitting into the program.)
  • Stories must relate, in some way, to the topic: “New Realities.” (The DeLillo and other readings for the nice look, in particular, at technology, social media, and the way those things have transformed our lives.)
  • Stories must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, December 2, to, who will forward them to Stories on Stage. Electronic submission by Word doc (or docx) is preferred.
  • Winning selection will be made by the artistic director at Stories on Stage, as with previous years.
  • Revisions and/or edits may be required by Stories on Stage, with or without author permission.

Deadline & Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions for the writership tuition assistance for short story workshops (October session only): rolling, but first come, first served.
  • Deadline for submissions for the contest ($200 prize plus performance): Sunday, December 2 @ midnight.
  • The performance with Stories on Stage will take place on Saturday, on January 12, 2013, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM shows.

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This entry was posted on October 4, 2012 by in Cool Events, The Scoop, The Write Idea, Writing.

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