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    Ojai Art Center Literary Branch | 80 Words for 80 Years Short Story Contest

    The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch announces its “80 Words for 80 Years Short Story Contest” to celebrate the Art Center’s 80th Anniversary.  Submissions are accepted August 15 – September 15. All ages as encouraged to participate as there are two age categories, 17 and younger and 18 and older.

    “I believe there’s a writer in every one of us,” said Ilona Saari, Literary Branch Chair. “We wanted to give people a chance not only to be creative, but disciplined, while we celebrate the Art Center’s 80 years of creativity in exactly 80 words!”

    A panel of judges will select the winners in each category. Winners will be announced at an Art Center reception on October 14 at 7 p.m. First, second, and third place winners in each category will receive a cash prize and will be asked to read their entries at the reception. Seven honorable mention writers will be chosen in each category, who will also have the honor of sharing their stories at the reception.

     The Literary Branch seeks submissions with the following guidelines:

    • Each story must contain exactly 80 words—no more, no less.
    • Submission Fee: $10 per entry
    • Submissions accepted August 15 – September 15
    • Two Categories: 17 and younger and 18 years of age and over

     (please indicate your category with your submission)

    • All entries must in either .doc or .docx format
    • All entries must be made through the website at

     Join in the celebration and share your talent for exact writing!

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    George Naugles
    George Naugles
    3 years ago

    Writing a comprehensive story in exactly 80 words, now that sounds like an interesting challenge. Beginning at the start, finishing at the end, and filling the middle with easy to follow clear prose sounds easy enough.
    Then the complexity comes into focus.
    Writing it spare; spending each word like a fare.
    Traveling to where light and dark stare.
    Just begin, then pare.
    Make it alluring and pair
    Life’s gentle fury fair
    with quiet moments spare
    under stars, way up there.

    (c) Copyright George Naugles 2019, all rights reserved.

    Citizen Reporter
    3 years ago
    Reply to  George Naugles

    Clever 🙂

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