• EDGAR ALLEN POE


  • EDGAR ALLEN POE Gothic Contest – OV-NWA PA Division.

    October 16th is National Dictionary Day and where would any inspiring writer be without a Dictionary?  You can use one to look up the word ‘gothic’.  A Gothic story is best described as a style of writing characterized by elements of fear, dread, impending death, doom and gloom and impossible circumstances to overcome – even though the protagonist definitely tries; he/she is in denial until the last possible moment when they must realize their fate and that they cannot escape it.  Edgar Allen Poe is the master of Gothic with his stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Oblong Box.  His poems are story-poems such as The Cask of Amontillado, Annabel Lee and The Raven.  You have your choice of a short story, 10,000-word count (a bit flexible) or a story-poem, 2,000-word count (a bit flexible). Please Note:  If you choose the story-poem, it MUST be in the style as Poe.  Prizes: First Prize: $100, Trophy and Offered Announcement in winner's local newspapers. Second Prize: $75, Trophy and Offered Announcement in winner's local newspapers. Third Prize: $50, Trophy and Offered Announcement in winner's local newspapers. No minimum or maximum for Honorable Mentions. HM Prizes: Plaque and Offered Announcement in winner's local newspapers.   Deadline: Post Mark must be no earlier than first day of October and no later than last day of November.  Judges Deadline: December 15.  Awards will be mailed out no later than December 20.  To enter, click on the link below to go to the entry form.  Make sure to have your story, your entry form and your $15 money order (no checks) in your envelope before mailing.

    Tips:  Read 3 of each short story and story poem of Edgar Allen Poe to get a feel of what we want.
    Options:  Story can have implements of CHRISTIAN influence/POV.

    Judges:  3-member panel and Guest Judge: (to be determined, check back)

    Edgar Allen Poe Gothic Contest Entry Form