Friday, February 19, 2016

Deadline Extended!

For those who were not able to get their story in on time, have no fear! After some considerations, we have decided to extend the deadline for A Call to Pens.  

The deadline for A Call to Pens has been extended to March 21, 2016. All entries and fees must be postmarked by this date. 

We still expect the winners to be announced in April 2016.

A Call to Pens' website ( will be updated shortly. 

If you have any questions, please email 


Sarah Armstrong
A Call to Pens Coordinator  

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's the Final Day to Submit Your Story!

Today is the last day to mail in submissions! My, how time flies.

I want to send out a huge thank you to all the students who are participating in this contest. We appreciate all the time, energy, creativity, and imagination you've poured out into your stories, and we look forward to reading them!

We will continue to keep you updated about the contest through our social media accounts (including this blog!) and through email.


Sarah Armstrong
A Call to Pens Coordinator

*Late entries will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you won't be finished with your story and have it submitted on time, please email

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Deadline Approaches!

The deadline for A Call to Pens is a little over a week away!
So, whether you're polishing up that final draft or still in the midst of getting that story idea onto paper, keep writing! We look forward to reading your submissions.

Submissions must be postmarked by February 8th, 2016. If you have any questions about the contest, please send an email to


Sarah Armstrong
A Call to Pens Coordinator

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Call to Pens 2015-2016

Patrick Henry College's A Call to Pens is excited to announce its 2015-2016 short story competition!

Students in the first division, ages twelve to fifteen, will craft stories exploring the theme "Unmerited Compassion. Students in the second division, ages sixteen to eighteen, will pen fiction with the theme "Perseverance Through Failure."

Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in both divisions.

The deadline is February 8, 2016.

For more information and contest rules, visit our website at

Sarah Armstrong
A Call to Pens Coordinator

Monday, May 20, 2013

Winners decided!

The winners have been decided and will be contacted in the next couple of days. Check your emails!

We received a number of good stories and have at last chosen the winners for this year's contest. The official announcement will come out at the beginning of next week.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Winners Announcement coming soon!

With the semester ended and finals looming over our heads, the process of choosing the winners is underway! Look for the announcement soon. We received some good stories and are currently deciding among them.

Again, look for the announcement soon!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

And all through the house, every pen was a-writing, even that of the mouse!

Apologies for the long intervals between posts here. With the semester done and Christmas coming in a matter of hours, I hope that all of us will get some rest in the next couple of weeks. I also hope that you are finishing your stories and getting ready to send them!

As a reminder, all mailed entries should be sent here:

ATTN: PHC Short Story Competition
Patrick Henry College
10 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132

There is also a $10 fee per entry, which can be mailed with the story submission or, if the story is emailed, the fee can be mailed separately to the above address.

In the way of editing, I strongly suggest that you read your story aloud, either to a family member or to yourself, to check for spelling errors, etc. This way is quite effective and will help you catch the tiny details.

With that said, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!