Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Third Annual Short Story Contest for Spanish 2 Students

For the past two years Student Publish Here has hosted a short story contest for Spanish 2 students. The judges have received about 130 submissions and 10 students have won to date. Their Spanish stories are published here, here and here with English translations.

The stories do not need to be perfect, but should be as grammatically correct as is possible for Spanish 2 students. Teachers may help students revise and edit, but the story ideas and the writing should be the students' work.

Spanish 2 teachers in public and privates schools may submit work. There is a separate competition for Spanish students in college, so please designate "high school" or "college". Send your best entries to Spanish Short Stories, c/o Alice Linsley, P.O. Box 3, Versailles, KY 40383. Or you may submit them electronically to aproeditor-at-gmail-dot-com.

Stories should be between 500 and 1200 words. This year the theme is family relations. Students are to use imaginary characters. If basing the character on a real family member, the family member's real name may not be used and details about the real person must be changed.

The story must include the following:

Spanish names
Physical description of the character
Description of the character's personality or character traits
The character's activities and/or experiences
What makes this character interesting
How other family members react to this character
The character's problem and how it gets worse
How the problem is resolved
A satisfying ending

A satisfying ending could involve a surprise, a good laugh, a happy ending, or a cliff-hanger to leave us wondering.

All submissions must be received by midnight on March 30. Winners will have their stories published at Students Publish Here.

No identifying information is posted on the Internet to protect students (what a sorry world, right?) For students under age 18, parental permission forms must be signed before student work can be published. Those forms are emailed to participating teachers as attachments.

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