Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Go Green in Your Writing

Here’s an unusual call for submissions. But imagine your work being read by millions of disgruntled airline passengers!

We invite you to write your own Green short story of up to 2,000 words in length. It may employ any tone, from funny to apocalyptic, but must deliberately have some aspect of Green as a prevailing presence, or even its theme. By “Green” we mean the concern for our environment that is motivating people worldwide to take action to reverse its degradation. To waste less, for example—and to care more.

Official entry form can be found here.


Please be sure to read the “Skylight” note from the magazine’s editorial director for details about the specific nature of this competition. Entries must be not more than 2,000 words in length, must be original works by the author and must be submitted in English via by 11:59 p.m. EST, April 15, 2008. Limit one entry per e-mail address. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Employees of Pace Communications, Inc., Pace Interactive and Delta Air Lines, and members of their immediate families are not eligible. One winner will be selected by a panel of judges that will include but not be limited to the professional editors of Sky. The decision of the judges is final. Federal, state and local laws apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.*

Sponsor assumes no responsibility for entries that it is unable to process due to computer, network, hardware or other technical problems or failures, or for any other reason, or if entries are incomplete, damaged, illegible, misdirected or lost. Entries containing inappropriate content will automatically be ruled ineligible. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the promotion if it deems, in its sole discretion, that it is not capable of completion, including infection by computer virus, technical problems or force majeure. Entrants must have Internet access by April 15, 2008, to be eligible.

A prize of $500 will be rewarded. All taxes are the responsibility of the winner. The winner will be notified by either e-mail or telephone. If winner does not respond within 10 business days of notification, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. The winning entry and the winner’s name and city and state/country of residence will be published in the July 2008 issue of Sky and on Winner also gives consent to the contest sponsor to publish his or her name and city and state/country of residence in e-mails, press releases and other forms of communication (print and electronic). Winner grants Pace Communications full and exclusive worldwide rights to the winning entry, in all forms (print and electronic), for 120 days after publication. Winner will be required to warrant that the entry does not in whole or in part infringe any copyrights or violate any personal or property rights or contain any scandalous or libelous matter.

The sponsor of this contest is Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina.

*Note: What does that mean, anyway? How are we supposed to know who these mysterious prohibitions affect? Of all the daily legalese one comes across, this one always makes me laugh.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.