Premise: Writers will spend the day outside in Fountain Square creating a work of prose from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 3 p.m. the writing will be submitted for judging by a panel of experts.
Theme & Subject: The theme of the contest is “The Constant Carnival.” On the morning of the show, three elements (see list below) will be chosen at random. Writers must embrace and incorporate these three elements into their prose. Part of the judging process will look at how much significance the elements play in the piece. Someone who merely mentions an element in passing will receive a lower score than someone who makes the element an integral part of their piece. This is a family-friendly event; subject matter must be appropriate for public presentation.
Prizes: Three awards will be given. 1st prize will be $300, 2nd prize will be $150, and 3rd prize will be $50. Contestants must be at the award ceremony to claim their prizes.
Entry: Entries must be limited to less than 1000 words. Computers/printers will be available (901 Shelby Street), but writers are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible. All work must be revised into legible typed form. Writing must be completed during the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Fountain Square area. Writers must submit their completed work before 3:00 p.m. More formatting information will be provided on the day of the show.
Judging: Writers will be judged on uniqueness of subject matter, general quality of writing, and incorporation of the chance elements. Names will not appear on contestants’ pieces so as to assure objectivity by the judges.
Random Elements: At 9 AM, three narrative elements will be chosen at random from the following list (one element from each category):
Category #1: A Place
An abandoned midway
An outdoor stage
A circle of trees
A food stand
A parking lot
Category #2: A Thing
A broken mirror
A head in a jar
A snow globe
Category #3: A Person
A magician’s assistant
A police officer
Display: A collection of the pieces will be assembled and displayed along with the winners of the Masterpiece in a Day Art Competition. Fountain Square Arts Council retains the right to display and sell copies of these works, and to use them for promotional purposes. Proceeds from the sale will fund subsequent years’ Masterpiece in a Day activities.
Pre-register, Here. Walk-in registrations also accepted the day of the event
9:00am – 11:00am Writing Competition Check-In and Registration
9:00 Writing Competition Begins. Chance elements selected.
3:00 Writing Competition Ends
3:00 – 5:30 Judging
6:00 Awards Ceremony. Contestants must be present to receive their award.