The Errin Bellfur Award For The Prevention And Elimination Of Inferior Composition, 2017 Edition

Welcome to the official submission page for entering TABAFTPAEOIC 2017, sponsored by your favorite used bookstore in North Park, Verbatim Books! We have founded this award because we believe that there is a dire need for the future of published writing to be heralded by actual quality writing and not the lazy, bland excuses for prose to which we are constantly subjected. It's really very simple.

The winner of the TABAFTPAEOIC 2017 will be presented with a normal-sized check for 500 smackers (five hundred American money dollars). They will also have their work made into a limited edition zine release by the risograph-wielding zinemasters in the back rooms of Verbatim Books.

Two runners-up will receive $25 gift cards to use in Verbatim Books on anything their book-loving hearts desire ♥

Everyone who enters will receive a warm handshake from J, head organizer of TABAFTPAEOIC and the proud owner of Verbatim Books, any time they want and any time she is available for handshaking.

Use the submission form below (don't worry about formatting unless it's important to your writing), or send submissions to:

Don't forget to read the Official Rules... and good luck!!


1. Entries must be 1-1000 words in length

2. There are NO rules about what you can/can't write. Just write!!

3. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older, or have a parent/guardian's permission

4. Entries must be received by 12:01 AM on October 1st, 2017, unless you have a really good excuse



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"Some of my favorite movies are action movies. You want something good to say. That comes from good writing. But writing is not a skill I possess, unfortunately." - Jason Statham