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BCCC launches short-fiction contest

Bucks County Community College invites the public to enter its fourth annual Bucks County Short-Fiction Contest for a chance to win up to $200.

Bucks County residents who are 18 years of age and older and out of high school are invited to submit one story of up to 12 typewritten, double-spaced pages by noon Wednesday, Oct. 21. Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online formats.

Elizabeth Luciano, the literature professor who launched the contest in 2017, says the competition is a unique opportunity for writers to have their voices heard.

“The college has long played an active role in nurturing the creative writing community, most notably through the Bucks County Poet Laureate and Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contests,” Luciano said. “This project adds to that synergy by encouraging fiction writers throughout the county.”

All submissions must be entered online. Bucks County Community College employees (both full- and part-time) are not eligible. To enter, visit

The top three winners in the contest will receive honoraria of $200, $100 and $50, respectively, and will read from their works in a live online celebration at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, to be streamed on the college’s YouTube channel.

Young scribes will be encouraged to enter the Bucks County High School Short-Fiction Contest this spring, Luciano added. Details of that contest will be announced in early 2021.

For more information about the contest, contact Luciano at