Telling Our Stories is an autobiographical story program at Austin College. The deadline for these stories is March 15, with cash prizes totalling $225. Certificates of merit will also be awarded.
The theme for this year’s contest is vintage road trips. Cars or trucks are an integral part of our lives and many people have very interesting memories about them or trips they’ve taken in them, whether it’s about a vacation, a family trip, as a tourist, experiences with motels, camping, travel trailer, or motor home. The possibilities are endless.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.
Austin College says, “We are looking for stories that record significant incidents in the lives of individuals or reflect cultural patterns. The most interesting stories will be the ones unique to individuals. Poems are not accepted.”
Only one story per writer and cannot have been entered in any previous Telling Our Story Contest. Stories must be based on the personal experience or family history of the writer. Entrants must be 18 years old or older and reside in Grayson or adjoining counties (in Texas or Oklahoma).
THEME: vehicle trip
LENGTH: 750-1500 words
1. Super Senior (80+)
2. Senior Citizens (60-79)
3. Adults (18-59)
DEADLINE: postmarked March 15, 2013.
MAILTO: Autobiography Festival
Austin College Suite 61565
900 N Grand Ave.
Sherman, TX 75090-4440
Please attach a cover sheet with your name, address, and phone number. Your name should not appear anywhere else on the entry.
Winners will be announced April 28, 2013. Ratings will be Gold, Silver, Bronze Star rankings. Each entrant will receive a certificate of merit as part of a recognition program at Austin College on May 5.