Instead of being given opening lines, high school students entering this year’s contest must write a short story, no longer than 1,000 words, inspired by one of three photographs (shown above) taken by Montgomery County Public School high school students.
Members of the Gaithersburg Book Festival committee chose the three photographs from drawings and paintings that MCPS high school students submitted to the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus annual art show.
The photographs were taken by Lauren Levy from Northwest High School, Bob Herbert from Rockville High School and Bill Wu from Winston Churchill High School.
To enter the short story contest, you must be in grades 9-12 at a public, private or homeschool for the upcoming school year. Contestants must be residents in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.
Stories must be submitted to email@example.com as a word document by midnight Eastern Time on Feb. 20, 2015.
Twelve stories will be chosen as finalists and posted to the Gaithersburg Book Festival website and the first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the book festival on Saturday, May 16.
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an all-day celebration of books, writers and literature. The event will be held at Gaithersburg City Hall in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Admission is free and festivities include appearances by various authors, book signings, discussions, writing workshops and more. There will also be a children’s area.
The winners of the short story contest will receive $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third place, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.
>> Three photographs to be used for inspiration by this year’s short story contestants. From left to right: Photograph by Lauren Levy from Northwest High School, photograph Bob Herbert from Rockville High School and photograph by Bill Wu from Winston Churchill High School. Credit: Gaithersburg Book Festival website