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Entry Fees



Glass Book Award to each winner of the two writing categories - Young Adult and Adult


This annual juried contest is a partnership between the Blue Hills Heritage Foundation of Lucas, Kansas and the Lucas Public Library. It is for amateurs only (those who have never received money for published works). There is no entry fee. Awards will be given to the winners in each category.

The contest is divided into two divisions:
1. Young Adult (7-12 grades).
2. Adult.
(Note: this applies to the author’s age, not to the kind of story)

Short Story Submission Guidelines:
• All stories are limited to 7,500 words.
• Stories must be previously unpublished.
• No inappropriate language or explicitly mature themes. Submissions deemed to have such content by the contest organizers will be disqualified.
• Stories must be typed and in English.
• Submissions should be single-spaced in Times New Roman font, size 12.
• Submissions are to be printed hard copy and mailed to the following address:
Don Wilcox Story Contest
Lucas Public Library
P.O. Box 278 / 209 South Main Street
Lucas KS 67648

• Submissions will not be returned unless return postage is included.
• All stories are to be submitted with the following information on their author:
1. Name
2. Street address
3. Phone contact
4. Email address
5. Age of author

Contest Timeline:
February 1, 2019 – Contest is announced
May 1, 2019 – Deadline for submissions
July 1, 2019 – List of finalists for each category released
September 5, 2019 – Winners revealed

The Contest is in honor of Cleo Eldon “Don” Wilcox (1905-2000), a Lucas, Kansas native and one of the most popular science fiction/fantasy writers of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s – the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Wilcox was a teacher, writer, and editor who had over 100 published short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels in the sci fi/fantasy genre alone. He also wrote romances, mysteries, Westerns, stage plays, and teleplays. Wilcox published his last story in 1992 at the age of 87.

Contact Information

Blue Hills Heritage Foundation
Von Rothenberger
PO Box 41
Lucas KS 67648
Email: [email protected]

Lucas Public Library
Mary Ann Steinle, librarian
PO Box 278
209 South Main Street
Lucas, KS 67648
Phone: (785) 525-6305 Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday
Email: [email protected]


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