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One of my critique group members and I are working on stories for the subject contest. I emailed the contact person with a question and so far have not received a response . My question is as follows: Does the story need to be nonfiction or can it be a fictional story that mixes in ghostly NF elements?  Any information on this question would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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#1 - December 21, 2020, 09:00 PM

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I think the instructions of "Inspired by local/regional events or myths"  give a lot of freedom.

They also say "We hope you will put your own spin on the story, your own voice and/or background, to ensure that the story is relevant to our contemporary times."

So I'd say there's a fair amount of latitude. And I think the "place" is more important than veracity.

Just my opinion though. I am not connected to the contest.
#2 - December 22, 2020, 07:02 AM

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Hi David,

Thank you for responding. My gut was that they were looking for NF, but my critique partner thought otherwise. Hopefully, we will get a response from the contest contact person soon. I emailed the person three days ago.

Ken
#3 - December 22, 2020, 07:13 AM

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I'm with David. The instructions give a lot leeway whether the story is fiction or nonfiction: "Nationally known or relatively unheard of, based in fact or based entirely in local lore, these stories should capture the spooky side of the U.S."  Good luck.
#4 - December 22, 2020, 12:32 PM
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The people I've known who've submitted have written fiction and that was my take too, but I thought the deadline had passed. Never mind. I see they extended it. Good luck.
#5 - December 22, 2020, 06:02 PM
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Debbie and Vijaya,

Thank you for your response.  I never did get a response, which I thought was strange. As a result, my critique partner and I just submitted our entries.

Ken
#6 - January 09, 2021, 05:24 AM

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Ken, many contests don't acknowledge your entry, but good luck!
#7 - January 09, 2021, 07:49 AM
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They did acknowledge my entry via an email response copy of the entry. But that wasn't the issue. I had a specific question that never got answered. But that's okay. I just wanted to clarify thing. Thanks.
#8 - January 09, 2021, 07:54 AM

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Oh, I see. I'm glad you got your entry in.
#9 - January 09, 2021, 08:08 AM
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Good luck.
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Thanks, Debbie!
#11 - January 09, 2021, 09:09 PM

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Does anyone know when we will know if our story has been chosen or not?
#12 - January 17, 2021, 04:49 PM

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I heard the short list will be decided by January 30 and the final decision, in conjunction with the publisher, is expected by March 15.
#13 - January 18, 2021, 07:53 AM
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Thank you for the info on decision dates!
#14 - January 18, 2021, 08:41 AM

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FYI-I received an email rejection from SCBWI on 2/2/21. Good luck to all those still in the running! I understand there were quite a few entries according to the email.

Ken
#15 - February 05, 2021, 05:51 AM

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The Insight that came out today mentioned they were still deciding. (It was at the end of the diversity events piece.) Continued good luck to those who entered.

Ken, you might consider trying a magazine for your story, either before the book pubs or a few years after it. I think the magazines are going to see a slew of these for a while. Onward!
#16 - February 05, 2021, 05:55 PM
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Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the heads up on Insight details regarding the Haunted States entries. I am in the process of trying to find a magazine that might seriously consider my story. I really appreciate all the advice I get from people on the Blueboard.

Ken
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