For more information, contact 

Scott Green. ACT-SO Chair

(501) 773-1824


A brief examination of a subject in prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a subject or topic.


1. Only one (1) notarized Short Story written only by the contestant, with six (6) copies of the notarized original should be submitted on or before the specified deadline. The top of each page must include the contestant's name, page number and unit name and number


2. The Short Story should have a single storyline without subplots, no more than three or four characters, a single viewpoint and a short time scale. The story must be typed, double spaced and between 1000 and 1500 words.


3. The contestant must be prepared to answer questions by the judges.


NOTE: The deadline for submission of local registration documents is March 6, 2020. No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the Showcase.

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • General Merit                                                                                              (25)

a. Ideas- single storyline, no subplots, 3-4chracter, single

    viewpoint (2 at most), short time scale

b. Organization - consistent writing style, consistent mood/tone,

    and space

c. Wording - appropriate language, brief descriptions

                d. Flavor

  • Mechanics                                                                                                   (25)

a. Usage

b. Punctuation/Capitalization/Spelling

  • Overall Effect                                                                                               (50)

a. Minimum background, concise dialogue, no lengthy preamble,

no contrived ending