OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES- 2009
Please read these rules carefully. Stories that do not follow
the contest rules may be disqualified.
1. Each story entry will include a bio and a copy of a posting
to the Nontraditional
Student Forum. This posting may be short, but must be thoughtful
and apply to the subject being talked about there. Just register
there and get a password, then post to whatever subject interests
You can use the copy and paste function on your computer to
put your forum posting on your story page at the beginning or
after the ending.
2. Your story must be original and about your experience as
a nontraditional student. Please send all entries to:
Your biography: Include a short bio about yourself,
telling your interests, what you are learning about, where you
live, a bit about your background, etc. Explain why you chose
to go back to school. Please also say your reason for wanting
to win the $25.00 prize.
Include your name, full address and current phone number in
your bio section so we can contact you if you win the contest
or if we have questions about your entry. A photo of yourself
is optional, but recommended.
The deadline: The deadline for emailing your story or
stories is March 31st, 2009.
Your theme: Please tell something about yourself and
your nontraditional student journey. It may be a funny story
or a serious one, but make it something that current and/or
future nontraditional students would find interesting.
Personal information: Put all of your personal information
in the same file as your story. You may put it before or after
your story. Stories without correct personal information or
incomplete entries cannot be accepted. Also, as this is a family-safe
site, please keep good taste in mind.
Your name: All entries may be chosen to be published
on the Nontraditional Student website now or in the future along
with your real name and/or byline. You may choose to publish
under a pen name. If so, please include both names in your entry
and indicated clearly which is which.
Formatting: When sending your story or article, please
send it as an attachment in an easy-to-read format, such as
Microsoft Word or a simple text file (.txt). A PDF file or photo
of your story or copy in a hard-to-read format will not be eligible,
because it would be too hard to re-type the article in order
to put it on the site.
Put Nontrad Story #___ in your subject line of
your email, and attach your story as an attachment to that email.
Got links? You may put a link to your website or an
email contact at the end of your story if you wish. It will
be up to the Editor whether or not to include it with your story.
Story length: Your story may not be more than 250 words.
Please use a word-counting program or count your words manually
before you send in your story.
Publishing: Stories will be published later on in the
year. Winners will be notified by email and/or postcard and/or
letter if they win the Grand Prize or Honorable Mention. Please
indicate which personal information you do NOT wish to be published
if your story is chosen, otherwise all your information may
The website editor may choose to put your name, ID information,
and your photo at the beginning, end, or middle of the story
when published. Your story may be divided into sections, or
continued on another web page, if necessary, when it is published
on the site.
Number of entries: Please limit your entries to five.
Money and other prizes: The prize-winning story will
win $25.00 and a special mention on the Nontraditional Student
website, as well as having his or her story published on the
site as well with mention of being the very best story among
the entries. Further entries may receive Honorable Mentions
and could also be featured on the main page or other page of
the site too, so be sure to send in your very best work.
Fees: There is no fee to send in your entries, and no
reading fee will be charged. This contest is absolutely free
to you. (At least for this first year!)
What the editor is looking for: Your story will be judged
on originality, quality of writing, interest to other nontraditional
students, good description, and ease of reading. Some questions
to ask before sending your story are:
1.Is this something that catches and keeps the reader's interest?
2. Does it have a clear beginning, middle and end?
3. Have I followed all the rules on the Rules Page?
4. Have I posted an entry on the Nontrads
Forum site and copied it to each story entry at the beginning
or end, along with all of my personal information and my photo?
Other hints: I suggest that you run a spellcheck program
and make sure to proofread and edit your story or stories before
I look forward to reading all of your stories. You are helping
other nontraditional students by entering this contest, because
they will be able to go back to school easier knowing that others
have done it before them.
Good luck, Nontrads!