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Connecticut Authors










The Rules

1.  The competition is open to all. (Entries were formerly restricted to include only Connecticut residents.) All entries must be original and previously unpublished.

2.  Entries must be postmarked by December 23, 2010.

3. The entry fee is $10.00 per short story or personal essay or children's story and $10.00 for up to 3 poems. You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry (e.g., each poem, each short story, each essay, each children's story) must be accompanied by a separate entry form.  You may send one check for all entries.

4.  Manuscripts must conform to the following requirements: entries that do not conform will be disqualified:

  • All manuscripts must be typewritten and double-spaced on one side of  8 1/2  x 11 paper. Submit FOUR copies of each manuscript.  (Staple multi-page manuscripts separately if necessary.)

  • Your name or any other identifying information must NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Instead, specify the title of your work in the space provided on the entry form. (For untitled poetry, specify the first line on the entry form.)

  • The first page of each submission must include the title of the work; also, indicate the word count (line count for poetry) in the upper right corner of the first page.

  • Manuscript length/word count:
         Poetry - 30 lines maximum
         Short Story - 2,000 words maximum
         Personal Essay - 1,500 words maximum
         Children's Story - 2,000 words maximum with NO Illustrations,
         Drawings or Graphics.

5.  Manuscripts will not be returned. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, use the Confirmation Delivery option from the Post Office (not Registered mail); or include your email address on the entry form.

6.  Winners will be notified personally and publicly announced at the March 2011 CAPA monthly meeting. If you have not been contacted by March 1, 2011, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist and may be marketed elsewhere. Please check our website by the end of March to view the winning entries.

7.  Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Authority, CAPA's monthly newsletter.

8.  Officers of CAPA Board of Directors, members of the Competition committee, and Competition judges are not eligible to enter the Competition.

Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association
Jerry Labriola  Brian Jud
Annual Writing Competition
2011 Winners

Click Here to download the rules and Official Entry Form for 2011-2012.

Click here to read the winning entries.

Francine Morlando 2nd. Place Childrens

Michael Kilday 2nd. Place Poetry

Jim Norton 1st Place Poetry

Hannah Perlstein Marcus 1st Place Short Story









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Click Here to download the rules and Official Entry Form for 2011-2012.






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