So, we've had the P4A just go by about two weeks ago now, but the way I see it, that can't be the only regular charitable event that Nerdfigteria participates in. Although we have our on-going contributions to and may other awesome projects, I feel like its time we combined two things that Nerdfighteria is exceptionally passionate about.

Namely Writing and Charity

So I present to you the DFTBA Short Story Contest!

Or rather, I present the beginings of it. This is, at the moment, only an idea. We haven't got anything else about it off the ground yet. However, we do have some fairly well grounded basic details off the bat (these are taken from the first Tumblr post).

  • This project is definitely for charity.

  • The revenue will be generated in two ways. Firstly by an entrance fee and secondly by sales of the anthology at the end of the contest.

  • There will be a first, second and third prize, and then a larger number of stories that reach the accolade of being published in the anthology.

  • The anthology at the end will most likely be an E-book for Kindle and other platforms. Although we would like there to be a physical book published, there is a good chance that doing so would cut far too deeply into the charity revenue.

  • The story length would be somewhere between 1000 and 3500 words.

However, there are still lots of details to be sorted out. I will be posting updates on here and on the Tumblr to let people know what is happening

The key thing at the moment we need is judges. Without them, we won't really be able to run the contest properly at all. If anyone knows someone who they would consider an authority on English literature matters, an English teacher, somehow if they are friends with a published author, a magazine editor or contributer or someone who you think in some way is apt, please let us know!

Thank you, and as always


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Tags: Books, Charity, Contest, DFTBA, Nerdfighters, Stories, Writing


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Comment by Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] on January 8, 2012 at 3:16pm

Just to say to you Rhiannon, and all other potential judges, if you could e-mail us at the address linked to on the tumblr


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Comment by Rhiannon Weller on January 5, 2012 at 2:47pm

I would consider myself fairly apt at utilizing the english language, and am a fairly avid reader of books.  I would like to put my name in the hat for a possible judge. :)  I am an author, though not a published one.  My mother is a journalism major in college, so I'm sure if I had any problems with editing she could help.  :) DFTBA

Comment by Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] on January 5, 2012 at 7:42am A new post on the tumblr! Announcing our two new judging friends here, which charity we've decided to go for, and a potential calender for the contest.

Comment by Katie Biela on January 4, 2012 at 9:46pm

What an amazing idea!  Leave it to the nerds to discover a way to combine artistic expression and social benefit!

I'm not as qualified as Ms. Collier (really impressive!!!) but I teach English at a college prep, one of the nation's top ten school's in the nation, and I've had a few articles published.  I'm ready to support this endeavor in any capacity.  My brilliant son turned me on to Hank and John last year and I will be forever grateful!

Stay Calm and DFTBA! 


Comment by Marcy Collier on January 4, 2012 at 9:33pm

Wow, this is a terrific idea! I'd love to participate as a judge. I have a B.A. in journalism and have had articles published in the children's magazine market. I'm a YA writer and have judged contests and been paid to do critiques for our local SCBWI in Western PA. I've been the editor for The Golden Penn ( since 2009 and am a contributor to the Rt. 19 Writer's blog ( You can contact me through twitter @marcycollier or through the blog. I'd love to be a part of this! Thanks for your consideration.  

Comment by Sarah Mills on January 4, 2012 at 7:11pm

Sorry bout that, I missed that one :)

Comment by Emma George on January 4, 2012 at 7:02pm
I would be up for it just for doing the entry fee. I think there are some major kinks to be worked out. I would be happy to help with anything I could. My email address is . That is the easiest place you could reach me. Also on here would be about it. I have a tumblr which is noelle549 . I dont get on there much, but still. i live in Tennessee around Nashville. So if you need any regional stuff just ask. I will see what i can do.
Comment by Vertigo_One [Ops Mod] on January 4, 2012 at 2:22am

Yep, I did mention that. We're thinking between $4-$8 USD. See the second bullet point.

Comment by Sarah Mills on January 3, 2012 at 8:16pm

SO would you have an entry fee or something?  Otherwise I don't really see you making enough money from the anthology sales.  Just my opinion...

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