Write On Seaside! 2017

The 2017 Write On Seaside! event. Pictured from left: authors Diana Kirk, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Nickolai Vasilieff, Jim Stewart, Deb Vanasse and Brian Ratty. Jeremy Rust, at the podium, served as one of the emcees.

The Seaside Public Library Foundation will publish its second annual short story anthology to support the Libraries Reading Outreach program, which provides library cards to children in Clatsop County. Writers are invited to submit a short story (1,500 words maximum) with a theme of books or libraries.

Winning entries will be featured at the Libraries ROCC Fundraiser on Sunday, April 14, at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center, where writers will have the chance to read an excerpt from their story and speak about their writing process.

In the submitted story, writers should include at least two characters that event attendees can bid on to name for the final version of the story that will be included in the anthology. (For example, last year, attendees had the opportunity to bid on the name of a ghost in a story about a haunted library.)

The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 1. Stories must be submitted electronically via email to librariesreadingoutreach@gmail.com. Writers will be notified of receipt once a $10 entry fee has been submitted via check to Libraries ROCC at 1131 Broadway St., Seaside, OR 97138.

Stories should be submitted as Word documents and should be family friendly. For additional guidelines, visit seasidelibrary.org.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of local judges, including local authors Melissa Eskue Ousley and Deb Vanasse, and Ken Heman, a visitor information specialist with the City of Seaside Visitors Bureau. Winning entries will be announced on Friday, Feb. 22.

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