2020 Berries, Bridges, & Books
and Poetry Contest
A Page Turner is a story that is so interesting and exciting that the reader can’t stop reading and must turn the page to see what happens next. Is your story impossible to put down? Submit the first page of your manuscript and see if your story has what it takes to keep readers turning pages!
Author retains copyright.
This contest is offered at no cost to anyone pre-registered for the conference.
Treat your entry as a work you are sending to a publisher. Do not deviate from guidelines.
Categories: Children / Young Adult / Adult / Poetry
One entry per category
Guidelines for Prose Entries
1) One page only, and that is first page of story, written in English, original and
unpublished. Your name must not appear on your story page.
2) Font: Times New Roman 12 pt., double spaced.
3) On the first line, extreme left corner, write the category CAPITALIZED .
4) On the same line, centered, write the story’s title.
5) Drop two lines and write your entry.
6) First line of each paragraph indented 0.5 inches.
7) Do not use bold type.
Italics acceptable for quotes, emphasis, character’s thoughts.
On a separate coversheet, write the category, title of work, your name, street address, city, state, zip code, email address, phone number. Center in the middle of page.
Be sure the title is on both the entry and the coversheet.
Guidelines for Poetry Entries
Any poetry form is acceptable.
1) Narrative: tells a story
2) Lyric: expresses an emotion
a) Narrative: tells a story by the person involved
b) Monologue: speaking to others
c) Soliloquy: speaking alone (to one’s self)
4.) Free Verse
Not to exceed one page. Use writing guidelines for prose.
Email to: email@example.com. Use Windows 7, 8, or 10.
ALL entries must be received by midnight Friday, June 7, 2019.
A receipt for an entry will be emailed to the author.
Any entry not meeting the above guidelines will be disqualified.
The winning entries will be read to the assembly.
Prizes for prose and poetry:
First Place: $20.00 Gift Card and Certificate of Merit
Second-Place: Certificate of Merit
Third-Place: Certificate of Merit
No entry will be returned to author by U.S. Postal Service.
Entries will be returned at the end of the conference. If entry is not picked up, the piece will be destroyed by shredding.
2020 Berries, Bridges, & Books Page Turner
and Poetry Contest Winners:
1st Place: Aaron Gordon, Ponchatoula, LA – “Lorien”
1st Place: Susan Newton, Ocean Springs, MS – “Sunrise/Sunset”
2nd Place: Tanya Whitney, Sorrento, LA – “Sunday Morning Faith”
3rd Place: Clyde Eschete, Ponchatoula, LA – “Ventilator”
1st Place: Beti Spangel, Poplarville, MS – “The Pride of Lions”
2nd Place Tied:
Steve Patrick, Kenner, LA – “The Fallen Soldier”
Brenda Gallaher, Tickfaw, LA – “The Thick, Sticky Air”
3rd Place Tied:
Tracey Boyle, Hammond, LA – “The Return”
Adam Ware, Holden, LA – “The Strongman”
Thank you to all who entered. We hope to see you at our next Conference.