Can you tell a story in 2,500 words?

The Ventura County Writers Club announces the opening of its 19th annual short story contest. “The short story challenges writers to be succinct, dramatic and original—all before turning the page,” says Rhonda Noda, VCWC President. “Shorter reading passages are more compatible with technology and modern time restraints. We’re all doing several things at once trying to squeeze more into every day.”

The 2,500-word contest runs through 11:59pm on October 15th and is accepting submissions through the easy-to-use website: Winners receive cash prizes, a chance to read their stories at the award ceremony and publication in the club’s bi-annual anthology. Participants do not have to be club members to enter. There are both adult and high school categories.

The club is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1933 by three writers in Ojai. “Our club creed is ‘To encourage the craft,’” says Noda. “Sponsoring contests is one way do this.”

Go to for complete rules or call Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth at 805.300.1365 with questions.

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