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F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest

Entries are invited for the 16th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest.

Rules for Entries

  • Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., are eligible.
  • There are no restrictions on subject matter.
  • Entries must be typed, 10-point or 12-point sized font, double spaced, no more than 26 lines per page, one-inch margins and numbered pages.
  • All stories must be less than 3,000 words and unpublished.
  • Staple or paper clip story in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Writer’s name should not appear on the first page. Place a title on the first page.
  • All entries must include a cover sheet that includes writer’s name, address and telephone number. The writer’s name should NOT appear on subsequent pages of the story.
  • The cover sheets shall be removed upon receipt at Rockville City Hall, and each entry will be assigned a number before being sent to
  • the judges. All entries will be judged.
  • All entries MUST follow the format above.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • First prize is $1,000 plus an invitation to speak briefly about the story at the sixteenth annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference award ceremony in October 2011 at Montgomery College in
  • Rockville, Maryland. The winning entry will be printed in the 2011 conference program and published in the Potomac Review.
  • Three runner-up prizes of $200 each will be awarded at the conference.
  • Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 15.
  • The entry fee is $25 per entry. Make the check payable to: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. (This entry fee is waived if you are a FSF member.)
  • Entries and check should be sent to: F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Contest, c/o Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.
  • Only winners will be notified the week of September 12.

For more information, call 301-309-9461.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

- F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.


City of Rockville • Montgomery College • Gazette Newspapers •

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County • Rockville Cultural Arts Commission •

Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. • F. Scott Fitzgerald Society

PDF Contest Sheet

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