Ends on March 30, 2018

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Historic Preservation, Write253, Creative Colloquy, and Tacoma Public Library are partnering to offer this inaugural historical fiction competition to bring Tacoma’s history to life. For full submission guidelines and writing prompt booklet please visit write253.com/historicalfictioncontest/

The Basics:


Select one of the four prompts. Which one most inspires your imagination?


Historical Detail: What specific details do you notice in the photos, did you read about in the periodicals, or do you already know about this time period? Write 5 down.

Place: What is unique or striking about the place? What landmarks or other features could help to provide a setting for your story? Write 5 down.

Conflict: Conflict is what gives a great story its edge. What are some possible conflicts that might emerge, based on the background that you read about in your prompt?


Voice and Tone: What character(s) can you imagine fitting into the setting and conflict that you have described above? How could this character’s internal conflict interact with the external conflicts in this historical moment?


Submissions to the Historical Fiction Competition should follow these guidelines:

Length. The story should be no longer than 2,000 words.

Bibliography. The document should contain a short bibliography that lists the primary and secondary sources that you used as inspiration.

Submission. The document should be submitted to the Creative Colloquy Website as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF. No other document types will be accepted.

Deadline. Submissions will be accepted between February 15-March 30. Winners will be announced by May 1st, and the reading will take place on Monday, May 21st at 7pm at Black Kettle Bites and Brew in Tacoma.  

Prizes. Three winners will be awarded the following prizes:

  • Cash prize of $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd, and 2 honorable mentions  

  • Publication on Creative Colloquy website (www.creativecolloquy.com)

  • Opportunity to share your work at a reading on May 21st

Writers. Writers should live in Pierce County and be 18 or under (or enrolled in high school.)

Questions? Contact histfiction@write253.com

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