2019 Berries, Bridges, & Books

Page Turner Contest

Also a 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!



2019 Guidelines


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unpublished.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

3) Dramatic:


  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: tdhargis2010@yahoo.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.