If you enjoy writing creative, short, inventive stories then you could be $200 richer by the end of the year.

Bucks County Community College is hosting an inaugural Bucks County Short Fiction contest. Elizabeth Luciano, the literature professor who launched the competition, says it’s a unique way for writers to have their voice heard.

“The college has long played an active role in the creative writing community, through the Bucks County Poet Laureate and Bucks County High School Poet for the Year contests,” Luciano wrote in a statement. “This project is aimed at adding to that synergy by encouraging fiction writers throughout the

Bucks residents who are out of high school and 18 years or older are invited to submit their best story up to 12 typewritten, double-spaced pages by noon Thursday, November 2.

Stories must be unpublished, including online formats. All submissions must be entered online at www.bucks.edu/shortfictioncontest. Community College employees are not eligible to enter.

The contest will be judged by Janet Benton, a Philadelphia-based author. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the founder and director of The Word Studio.

The top three contestants will receive $200, $200, and $50. The winners will be invited to read their work at a public reception at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, in the Orangery at Bucks’ Newtown Campus on 275 Swamp Road.

Bucks County Community College will host a contest for younger writers this spring. The details will be released in early 2018 for the second Short-Fiction competition.

The Bucks County Short-Fiction Contest is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. For more information about the contest, contact Prof.  Elizabeth Luciano at Elizabeth.Luciano@bucks.edu or the Department of Language and Literature at 215-968-8167.