2018 Author Day and Short Story Contest
Form Deadlines: March 1, 2018
Brad Meltzer, Hurray for Heroes! Short Story Contest
Winners Announced: April 25, 2018
2018 Author Day for Students
Author Visits: May 4, 2018
The Broward Public Library Foundation will once again host nationally recognized and local writers during Author Day for Students in conjunction with Literary Feast 2018, a celebration of books and authors. As part of this celebration of libraries and literacy, we will sponsor a short story contest and author visits to local schools. 
If your high school would like an author to visit, please discuss it with your school English teachers and reach out to Broward Public Library Foundation. If your students would like to participate in the short story contest, please reach out for the rules and submission form. Stories should be submitted back to you, and you can turn them into Claire Norris no later than March 1 for judging. Please only submit up to 25 stories per school.
Once the entries are received by the judges, they will decide on three winners per school. On April 2, Claire Norris will send an email with a list of names and an invitation to be distributed to the students who will be awarded. The invitation is to the District Literary Fair on April 25, where they will be called on stage and awarded their prizes.
This year’s short story contest is inspired by Literary Feast 2018 Honorary Chair, author Brad Meltzer’s heroes’ series
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book is The House of Secrets.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.
As a recap, here the coming activities:
Author Visits – Literary Feast and local authors visit participating high schools on Friday, May 4, 2018 to speak with one group of students for a class period about writing as a career. We recommend choosing a class of literature students or merging several classes in an auditorium so as to make the most of the class period because our authors are only able to make one presentation that day. If your school is interested in hosting an author for Author Day for Students, please complete the form that is available upon request and return the author visit sign-up sheet by March 1, 2018. The authors prefer to arrive at schools after 9:30 a.m. if possible. If you have any questions about Author Day for Students, please contact Shannon Severance at the Broward Public Library Foundation at 954-357-7382 or sseverance@bplfoundation.org.
Brad Meltzer’s Hurray for Heroes! Short Story Contest for High School Students – a 1,000 word story is to be submitted along with an entry form no later than March 1. On April 2, English teachers will receive names of the students who have placed and the invitation they are to receive. First ($75 Amazon gift card), second ($50 Amazon gift card) and third ($50 Amazon gift card) place cash prizes will be awarded. In addition, one overall county-wide “Best of Show” story prize ($100 Amazon gift card) will be awarded. Prizes will be distributed on April 25 at the District Literary Fair. The short story contest rules and entry form are available upon request. Please direct any questions to the short story contest coordinator, Claire Norris, at McArthur High School by e-mail.