Habee's Writing Contest: Southern Fiction

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Our Fellow Hubber, billybuc, recently held a friendly writing competition, and I thought it was a great idea. I decided to do the same. BB awarded a signed copy of his book to the winner, but I can’t do that. Alas, I haven’t finished any of the novels I’ve started, as I’ve been too busy writing on Hubpages and for clients. As a result, I’ll have to offer cold, hard cash. Don’t get too excited – I’m not wealthy, so the prizes will be more of a token. First prize will be $50, second prize will be $25, and third prize will be $10. The prize money will be sent via Paypal.

The Rules

1. Entries must be between 500 and 2,000 words.

2. Submissions must be in narrative form – no poetry or drama.

3. At least three original photos should accompany the hub, but not the doc attachment.

4. The setting should be the rural Deep South: Alabama, North Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, or East Texas. Hunting, fishing, farming, ranching, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, boating, or hiking should be involved in the plot.

5. Entry must have a title.

6. Only one entry per person, please.

7. Contest is for Hubpages members only.

8. Each entry should contain a small amount of dialogue in southern dialect.

9. Entries must be received by February 28, 2013.

10. Entries must be original and not published elsewhere.

11. Entry must be published as a hub.

12. Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification.

Judging Rubric

The total possible points an entry can achieve is 50. Here’s the breakdown:

Interest and engagement – 20 points

Grammar and mechanics – 10 points

Authentic southern flavor – 10 points

Organization and transition – 10 points

The Judges

I will read all the entries and narrow the field down to the best. I have no way of knowing how many that will include yet. I will then send the best entries to two or three former colleagues to get feedback from them. Those judges will be high school/college writing and literature teachers.

Why do I feel qualified to judge writing? I have a degree in Language Arts and taught at the high school level for almost twenty years. In the summers, I sometimes taught at the college level. I also tutored writing students for a college English department. I have coordinated writing fairs and judged numerous writing contests at the local, regional, and state levels. I attended summer classes in order to become certified to teach Advanced Placement students, and much of the time was spent learning to rate essays.

I’m a native southerner and am a big fan of southern literature. The Deep South has a special “feel” to it, and its inhabitants are often quirky or eccentric. If you know nothing about the South, I’ll probably be able to pick up on that pretty quickly!

How to Enter

To send an entry for the Habee Southern Fiction Contest, find my “contact writer” button. On my profile page, go to “fan mail.” At the top right corner, you’ll see “send habee an email.” The email should be entitled “writing contest.” DO NOT put the title of your story in the email subject line. Send the story as an attachment in Word. The attachment should include the title, but not your name. I'll go back later and match the titles with the writers, from the emails.

Fairness

I honestly strive to be a fair person, but I’ve made some good friends here, and I don’t want that to cloud my judgment. To avoid this, I’m going to have someone else retrieve the email entries and copy them to Word, without the writers’ names included. That way, I’ll have no idea who wrote what.

If you don’t think you can abide by the decision of the judges, please don’t enter the contest. I’m doing this to promote and encourage fiction with a southern flair, and I have no “hidden agenda.” Good luck to everyone!

UPDATE

To enter, contact me via my profile page. I'll reply with my email. Then you can send your entry to my email address.

Another Update

We have the top three stories! Austinstar's "East Texas Ghost Lights" has been awarded third place. Congrats! The judges are still working on first and second place: Cam8510's "Swampwise" and Randy Godwin's "One Man's Fortune."

I can't find some of the entries on HP. If you sent an entry and would like me to link to it, please contact me.

We have a winner!

I just heard from the final judge, and the decision was unanimous: Randy Godwin! In second place is Cam8510. Congrats to the winners! Randy and Cam, please email me your Paypal address so I can send your money. Thanks for entering!

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

How neat that you're doing that! Will the winner publish his or her story as a hub? I'd love to read the winning story. If only I wrote fiction! I think any short story I attempted would put people to sleep, so I'll wait to see who wins. Just thought I'd pop by and offer my support. Have fun with this!


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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What an awesome idea to encourage fiction writers. I am going to have to take some time to think on your project but I think you will have a great response. Thanks for the opportunity Habee.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Sadly, this seems to be limited to US hubbers. I'm a Brit and know nothing about the 'Deep South'; better take a visit some time! Hope you have lots of entries and good luck to the contestants.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Sheez, you are giving money for a prize. You should receive quite a few entries. Great idea of course; if I can find the time I'll enter. Good luck with this!


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ct92 3 years ago from Denmark

What a nice idea! I am not american, so this one could be tricky for me though. Although I have visited. Think that I may give it a try, it is always good practice to write about something that is a bit out of your league :)

Thanks for making hubpages even more fun!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Wonderful idea, Hollie! Just in my word range and of course, I know a little about the area also. lol! It will be great to have some professional judges and I like the idea of anonymity for the entrants until the decision is reached.

I'll certainly give it a try if my imagination can get kick-started again.

--RG


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Great idea. I can't wait to read the entries.


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is a great idea habee! Obviously I won't be able to participate but will look forward to reading some of the entries...but it's a really good opportunity to encourage writers to write short stories...well done!


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Well, you've certainly got my attention! I write short fiction and live in the Deep South (central Mississippi), so I'd be remiss if I didn't enter your contest, wouldn't I? M-m-m-m...

Jaye


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This is fun. Another contest...I am enjoying reading the ones from billy buc's contest..hope to see the the ones submitted to for your contest in print and ready to read.

Sending you Angels this evening...:) ps


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Is Tennessee considered the "deep south?" Guess not :) Thanks for this constest. I need to "spread my wings."


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Are you sure cash prizes and writing contests are legal on HubPages. I'd love to do one myself and offer real money, but I didn't know we could.

That being said, I will definitely enter the contest. I have actually visited "East Texas"! The Piney Woods, home of the KKK, etc...


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Reprieve26 3 years ago from Oregon Coast

Great idea! There's nothing like a contest to get those creative juices flowing!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Great idea for sure! it sounds so interesting I will be excited to read the winners. As I am obviously not knowledgeable enough of the southern regions, I will be following this one with interest! Good luck and great idea with your cash incentive.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Habee, Thank you for holding this contest. I appreciate all the work that must be involved. I have a question about the photos. You say "original." Forgive my ignorance, but does that mean my own photos?


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Original photos would be your own photos, yes. I don't know why we need photos, but I picked three of mine that kind of match the story.

Still waiting on the email address to send the word doc to.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

After I wrote my story I realized that my late wife and I had visited a state park in northern Florida years ago and the photos worked well with my story. I'm waiting on the email address as well. I'm sure it will be along shortly.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hope so. Today is the deadline.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

We've made contact, so I'm sure it will be fine.


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Sorry I didn't respond sooner, guys. I had surgery yesterday, my youngest daughter had surgery the day before, and my middle daughter is in the hospital with a life-threatening kidney infection.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Holy Cow, habee, no worries here. Do what needs to be done. Put the contest on the back burner for now. Thanks for letting us know, and may you and your daughters recover quickly and fully.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Geez, Holle, that's really bad news. Hope everyone is ok! The contest can wait. Don't stress about it.


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much, guys. I have help with judging, so it shouldn't take too long - unless I get LOTS more entries today! lol


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Looking forward to reading everyone's entries on HP! There should be some good ones from this group of writers. :)


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I'm looking forward to it as well Randy.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Hey Cris, I hope everyone realizes they have until midnight tonight--not sure if it is EST or what, though.


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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Take care of your needs first Habee. God Bless and a speedy recovery for all your family.


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, suzzy!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Thanks Hollie! I am very proud to be judged the winner of this very enjoyable contest! And congrats too to Cam(Chris) for his very fine entry and for claiming the second spot in the contest. Once again, a very fun contest to be a part of! :)

And to everyone else, thanks for taking part!

Randy


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Habee, I just got the news of the contest results. Thank you so much for providing this fun event, especially in light of your family's difficulties. I hope everyone is recovering well. I had Randy's story pegged as the winner from the start. Congratulations Randy, yours is an exceptional story. Thanks again Habee and thank you to those who helped you with the judging.

cam8510/Chris Mills


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habee 3 years ago from Georgia Author

It's great to see Hubbers supporting each other. Thanks for showing such good sportsmanship, everyone! I really enjoyed it, as it gave me a chance to interact with some old colleagues and read some wonderful stories.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Thanks again Holle, and tell the final judges thanks also for giving their time to read these tales. Now we need another contest you can write to this time.


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cam8510 3 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Habee, I would like to read the other submissions to the contest. Do you think you could post a list of those who entered? You could post it or send it to my email. Thanks Habee.

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