This year’s BPO

Welcome back after our summer break (winter break for our Southern Hemisphere friends, of course)! To get us started we want to begin by announcing our next BPO. Our By Prescription Only short story and essay showcase will run at the end of the year this time around and we’ve also decided to incorporate poetry for all those interested. As such there have been some slight changes to our submission details (see below) but nothing major. The theme we’ve decided on is “Hollow” and as the deadline is fairly close to when we’ll begin to run the pieces we’d like to make a point of encouraging early submissions in order to give yourself enough time for any edits that you decide to make following the feedback from us. And remember, what we do is to offer free editing services and the exhibition of your work, allowing you to reach a broader audience; full copyright privileges will always be your own. We also archive all of our past entries so if you’re curious to see how a completed work will look head over to our BPO page. Happy writing and we’re looking forward to what you come up with!

  • Theme: Hollow
  • Type: Essay, poetry, or short story
  • Length: Up to 8,000 words
  • Format: MS Word or TextEdit file
  • Title: Centered, Times New Roman 16 point; with a byline below also centered and in 12 point
  • Text, font and size: Justified; Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Spacing: Single, with block quotes separated by an empty line on both sides; paragraphs indented but section breaks separated by an empty line and three centered asterisks
  • Footer: www.drugstorebooks.com (on the left) © Your Name 2016 (on the right – stretched to fit the length of the footer)
  • Quotation conventions: Double quotes (“hollow”) with embedded single quotes (‘hollow’) for reported speech, single quotes for reported thoughts, double quotes to mark text off (e.g. so-called “~~”), song titles, etc.
  • Italics: Use for emphasis, book/magazine/TV show/film/album titles
  • Spelling: British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian English, Kiwi English, whatever. Just be consistent.
  • Referencing: Any standard convention is fine as long as it’s used consistently; both footnotes and end notes are acceptable, though any applicable footnotes will not be included in the opening section posted on the site (but will be visible in the downloadable file)
  • Deadline: 14 November
  • Send to: drugstorebooks@gmail.com
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