May is finally here and now the C.S. Lewis contest is open for submissions. I just recieved the first one today, and I've now set up a page on the blog just for the contest; when I recieve a submission I'll post it on that page, so be sure to check in often to read the new entries.
At the moment, I'm not posting the names of authors; this is to make sure the contest remains fair. If no one else knows who wrote what, then judging will be based on the story itself and the writing. That way we don't have just a bunch of people voting for one story just because they're good friends with the author or something.... 'course, that doesn't mean it won't happen anyway, but its worth a shot, right?
However, no one needs to worry about whether or not thier story will get mixed up with anyone elses; I will save all the stories in a special folder in my email, so be sure to put at least your blogger username in the subject bar so I know which story belongs to who. If the author of the winning story would like to continue using thier screen name after the contest, that is fine as well. Just remember that the winning story will be posted on my blog in hopes that anyone who visits "The Pen and Parchment" will read it and perhaps really like it. (This includes any potential agents or publishers, so I would highly suggest that the winner allows his real name to be posted with his story... although I do understand safety and privacy issues.)
The first story is finally posted: it's called "The Heartsmith", and its really good. I'll post more stories as soon as I recieve them.