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thewritingpiazza
07-05-2016, 09:34 AM
The Writing Piazza Press http://www.thewritingpiazza.com/blog/contests/ is hosting a writing contest. We will be working with a group called the Beagle Freedom Project. They help animals (not just beagles) that are being used for animal testing. They work tirelessly to try to end animal testing as well as free those animals currently in testing labs around the world. I highly encourage you to check out their website http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org (http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/) they have this really great opportunity where you can “adopt” an animal that is currently in a publicly funded research facility and advocate for the animal’s treatment and release. Just look for the “Identity Campaign” link to be taken to the “adoption” page where you can help advocate on behalf of animals currently in testing labs. The website also has a video that does an even better job explaining all this if you’d like to take a look.So the contest is for an anthology we are putting together. We are looking for submissions of short stories that give a sort of back-story for animals that will eventually be freed and wind up in a secret animal sanctuary. A little research would be beneficial to make your story more realistic but creative liberties are acceptable. We don’t want the stories to all be super depressing but we do want to show the plight of these poor animals. Choosing your own animal is allowed as long as it’s one that can be found on the BFP’s website or is an animal that is actually used for testing. If you end up “adopting” an actual animal from BFP’s page please include that with your submission, that won’t affect your chances of winning but it is something we might like to mention as part of the anthology.

We are looking for an intriguing storyline centered around the life of an animal (or more than one) that at some point was used in animal testing but then is rescued. So get those creative juices going and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

The stories should be between 10,000-20,000 words. We will consider shorter stories if they are truly captivating. Each author can submit up to two stories if they are substantially different but they can’t be longer than 20,000 words each. 5-7 winners will be notified by email so make sure your email address is included before or after your story.

The Fine Print:
The chosen winners will work with our editor on their work before publication. There may need to be some changes to your story for continuity’s sake. The Writing Piazza Press reserves the right to decide not to use any story if an agreement on editing cannot be reached.

On the legal side of things you will have to sign a contract granting Writing Piazza Press permission to use your work in the anthology, so if you are not 18 years of age you will need a parent or legal guardian to grant permission, if your work is chosen. You will also need to agree to the terms that all profits of the book will go to the BFP (or a similiar 501(c)(3) organization should BFP cease to operate as a non-profit).

Winners:
Your “payment” will be all those good feelings you get from knowing that you are helping all those helpless animals and some published work credentials. The BFP is a large organization and our partnership with them has the potential to benefit the contributors of this anthology by offering a wide readership that an author might normally be unable to tap into. PR for the BFP is the first priority but it will also offer some great exposure for all the contributors to the book as well. I think it will be a huge win-win for all parties.

We are super excited to start working on this project, we hope you will consider entering. Please contact us at thewritingpiazza@gmail.com if you have any questions.

To submit your entry for this contest email us at thewritingpiazza@gmail.com with “BFP Short Story Contest” in the subject. You can attach a Word or PDF document or you can copy and paste your entry directly into the body of the email.

Happy writing!