Entries due June 25/24
Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4

Committee: Heather Campbell (613-582-3257), Sheila Broome (613-646-2425)

It is encouraging to note, in past contests, there have been entries from Pembroke, Petawawa, Deep River, Renfrew and Arnprior, as well as the immediate area. The more entries, the better the competition. Stories can be true or fiction. All entries are displayed in the Exhibition Hall during the Fair.
(Note the early entry date of Tues. June 25, 2024, to assure the judge has time to carefully read all submissions)

Rules and Regulations

1) Open to ages 16 and over.
2) Entries must be submitted to Heather Campbell, Box 148 Beachburg, Ont. K0J 1C0 postmarked by Tuesday, June 25, 2024
3) Stories and poems must be unpublished.
4 a) The cover page must include author’s name, address and phone number the title and class number
(39, 40, 41, 42, or 43) this info must not appear on the entry itself.
4 b) Submit 2 copies of your entry (one for the judge, one for display). The judge will write private comments (critique) of your work on one of the copies. Please include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope if you wish to receive your critiqued copy.
5) Entries must be typed in English, the class number typed at the beginning of your entry (ex. Class 41 – Story for Children) and the total word count or (poetry lines) printed at the end of your entry.
6) Entries are limited to one per person per class. All exhibitors must be members of the Beachburg Agricultural Society. Exhibitors may obtain a membership by emailing beachburgfair@gmail.com and submitting a $5.00 payment to the office or by etransfer to beachburgfair@gmail.com in advance of the Fair. If sending an etransfer, please note your name + membership in the memo.
7) Judging will be done by a qualified judge. It will be “blind judging” (No names or identifying features are to be on the entries.) The judge’s decision will be final.
8) Prize money can be picked up at the Secretary’s office on Sunday, July 7th between 5:00 and 6:00 pm

Short Story

Fiction or non-fiction; maximum 2000 words. Open topic, with a rural setting.


Minimum 12 lines, Maximum 42 lines
Topic: Small town living

A Story for Children

Maximum 1000 words.
Targeted age: 6 to 12 years
Topic: A Mouse’s Adventure at the Fair

An Essay

Maximum 2000 words
Theme: Adapting to a change in life


Prize Money $15, $10, $7, $4
An Acrostic story starting with: “Assuming I knew, …”
The story must have 26 sentences that tell a full story (beginning, middle and end) using the sequence of the 26 letters of the English alphabet to start each sentence, (2nd sentence starting with B, 3rd C etc.) Story must have a plot and be in multi-paragraph form as in any story. No maximum or minimum number of words.