Contestants are asked to write a novella using 1 or more of the following fundamental themes of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein:
- The Other: disability, differences, and disenfranchisement
- Humanity’s response to technology: creatively expanding horizons and possibilities; using technology to solve human problems.
- Creativity and the responsibility for what has been created.
- Vengeance and futility
- Community: what it means to be human; what is the measure of humanity?
- This contest is open to any person currently living in Southeastern Minnesota/SELCO Library region.
- One novella entry per author
- Entries must be a work of fiction, with a minimum length of 20,000 words and a maximum length of 50,000 words.
- Submissions must be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman, in font size 12.
- Entries must include a synopsis of 150 words or less of the novella.
- Entries must be entirely your own work.
- Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible.
- Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging process. Contact information should not appear on the submitted novella and synopsis documents.
- A qualified panel of local judges will review all entries and select the contest winners.
- The top 3 winners of the contest will be published in a Frankenstein Project anthology book. The book will also be published on the Rochester Public Library’s ebook catalog.
- You will retain the copyright to your work. By submitting your work you agree that should you finish as a winner or a runner-up, the Rochester Public Library will have the nonexclusive right to publish the 3 winning stories in print and online. The author may publish their work elsewhere after the contest has ended.
- The winners will be notified via phone or email.
- The winners will be announced at an April 2018 awards and book signing program.
- Friends of the Rochester Public Library
- Rochester MN Writers Group
- The winner of our novella contest will receive $1,000
- 2 runners up will receive $500 each.
- Entries accepted November 1, 2017 - Sunday, March 4, 2018
- Review Process – March 5, 2018 – April 6, 2018
- Winners Contacted – April 9, 2018
- Anthology Layout and Production – April 6 – 27, 2018
- Awards Ceremony, Anthology Book Signing – April 28 or 29, 2018