Changes are coming to the 2013 Dublin PROUD Writing contest.

Changes are coming to the 2013 Dublin PROUD Writing contest.

The annual contest for Dublin students in grades 4-8 run by a parents group has a March 3 deadline and some changes to submission rules.

Students can submit one entry per category, but are limited to two categories this year. The contest has fiction, nonfiction and poetry categories.

"We're hoping this change will prompt contestants to spend more time crafting one or two well-written pieces versus dividing their limited time between three," said Linda Forte-Spearing, contest chairwoman.

Entries into the nonfiction category must be based on personal experiences for the first time rather than essays with arguments or sources.

"Entering a previously written school report on Abe Lincoln or Thomas Edison, for example, just isn't appropriate for a writing contest," Forte-Spearing said.

"In 2013, those who wish to participate in nonfiction must submit a personal narrative -- one that relates directly to their personal life experiences."

Stories submitted will be judged on creativity, topic development, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The entries will be screened by volunteers, parents and teachers before being passed on to professional writers and editors, including author Margaret Peterson Haddix, for final judging.

Entries must be no longer than 700 words long, in a typed double-spaced Word document. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. March 3.

Finalists will be notified via email by March 27 and an award ceremony is slated for April 8. The top two winners from each grade in each category will advance to the Central Ohio Writing Contest.

For information about submitting an entry, look online at 2013proudwriting For information, send email to