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The Stair Prize in Writing Contest

2017 Stair Prize in Writing

Do you write short stories? Would you like to win a really big prize? Enter the 3rd annual Stair Prize in Writing and try your best to impress our judges!

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit only one entry per person.
  • "An act of kindness" is the 2017 phrase you will include in a mystery, fantasy, science fiction, or other type of story.
  • The short story must be 500 to 1,000 words (approximately 2-4 typed, double-spaced pages.) Use Word, text, or PDF formats only. Please include page numbers.
  • Entries must include the Official Entry Form, unless submitted electronically. Please do not include any personally identifying information on the pages of the story. Keep a copy of your story as entries will not be returned.
  • Entries with offensive content - explicit violence, sexuality, language, or material considered offensive to any religious or ethnic groups, gender, or physically or mentally challenged persons - will be disqualified.
  • The Stair Prize Writing Committee and Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library employees and their families are not eligible.
  • Submit your entry in person or by mail to:

  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library
    Attn: Stair Prize in Writing Contest
    3910 S. Manhattan Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33611 or submit electronically to stair.prize@gmail.com.

Entry Form

Story Contest and Judging

  • Open to Hillsborough County students in grades 7 and 8.
  • A panel of judges will determine the contest winner. The judges' decision is final.
  • The $500 cash prize will be awarded to a single winner.
  • The contest runs from Monday, October 23 to Friday, November 17.
  • The deadline for entries is Midnight, Friday, November 17.
  • The prize winner will be notified by Friday, December 8.
  • The prize winner will be awarded on Wednesday, December 20.

This contest is funded by the Friends of the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library through a grant from the Ralph Stair Foundation.