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Annual Poetry & Short Story Contest

We invite you to submit your finest prose and poetry to our annual Poetry & Short Story Contest, presented by The Bullet Pen Panel. Being its 1st year, the contest will celebrate a world of words each November. We now invite you to contribute your words.

Pick up a pen and write us!

The contest deadline is 10 am, October 10. Entries to be delivered via email only to thebulletpen@gmail.com.

Entries will be judged by professionals in the writing and publishing industries. Winners will be announced by December 12th.

The Rewards

1st prize – $150

2nd prize – $50

Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in both the poetry and creative short fiction categories. First place winners in each category will be published in our next book project and all winners will be published on our website.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality & imagination
  • Emotion
  • Focus & clarity
  • Organized, fluid writing style
  • Authenticity, strength & distinctness of voice

The Rules

1. The contest is open to African Secondary school students ONLY.
2. Entries will ONLY be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category:

  • i. Poetry (any style): 500 word limit.
  • ii. Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit.

3. Entries will be judged blind.

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