On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation granting statehood to Nevada making it the 36th of the United States of America. To commemorate this event and to showcase the home state of the HDIFF, we have added a short story competition. To qualify for submission, the written works must draw from historical or modern Nevada as a topic of a fictional work or a story drawn from real life events. Story should contain 1000-5000 words. Possible topics (suggestions only):
|American Indian History||Territorial History||Old Spanish Trail||Pony Express|
|Early Mining||Legal Prostitution||Mobsters||Gambling|
|Lake Tahoe||Las Vegas||Spanish History||Reno|
|Cattle Ranching||Railroads||Hoover Dam||Statehood History|
|War History (Civil War through the present-any war in between)||Nuclear Testing|
SHORT STORY ELIGIBILITY: open to sole creator(s) of unpublished short story manuscripts.
FORMAT: email in .pdf and author names should NOT be included anywhere in the PDF for any entry, and
12 pt type should be used.
Competition will be held in four phases with the winner of each phase automatically entered in the
Flash Fiction competition to be held during the festival on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Contestants may enter as many times as they choose. There is no entry fee.
- Phase 1 - March 1, 2014 through March 14, 2014
- Phase 2 - March 15, 2014 through March 31, 2014
- Phase 3 - April 1, 2014 through April 14, 2014
- Phase 4 - April 15, 2014 through April 30, 2014
Postmark or email date will determine the phase in which the work is entered.
Winner of each Phase will be awarded $50 and will be eligible for the added $500 Overall Grand Prize.
or mailed to:
HDIFF Historical Writing Competition
P.O. Box 5610
Pahrump, NV 89041-5610
Any person volunteering for the High Desert International Film Festival, administrator or judge for written or film entries, or any member of the governing body of the Pahrump Arts Council. Winners shall be determined by a qualified jury. Decisions of the judges are final.
We are very proud to be selected as an official event of the Nevada150 Sesquicentennial Celebration! In honor of this momentous occasion we are hosting the Black Tie Governor's Reception on Friday May 23 at 5:00PM at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino. The Black Tie Reception can only be attended by purchasing our special limited time only FADE IN: BADGE or the All-Access Badge.
Along with the awards for the Nevada writing competitions, the NyE Communities Coalition--The Methodologies Project will be presenting their short film, a parody of Twilight Zone with Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling in attendance.
We will also be showing the Women of Diversity produced documentary Nevada Women's Legacy-- 150 Years of Excellence.
Official Press Release:
Pahrump, NV – January 14, 2014 – The 2014 High Desert International Film Festival (HDIFF) has been approved as an Official Event as a part of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration.
After more than a decade of trying, on June 11, 2013 Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB165 into law making Nevada the 41st state to offer incentives in order to attract motion picture, television and commercial productions.
We are extremely proud to welcome author Anne Serling, daughter of Twilight Zone creator, Rod Serling to the festival as part of our special Insiders events.
She will be helping us in our continued effort to support the NyE Communities Coalition for at-risk kids with a special engagement held at the NyE Communities Coalition Manse Center.
Ms. Serling will also be participating in select panels with Q&A and book signings, so purchase your copy now.
Added Grand Prize for Overall in Literature Competition
(all writing catagories in consideration)
Being a neighbor of Las Vegas, we had to do this! We're kicking off the festival with the Inaugural Joey Arone High Desert International Film Festival Poker Tournament.
We're keeping this an intimate affair to celebrate our small town hospitality and inviting some special guests, but that means tickets are extremely limited, so be prepared to purchase as soon as they go on sale!
The tournament starts Thursday May 22nd at 5:00PM and should last around five hours with the winner taking home close to $1,000.
Tickets are $130 and this special Cameo event is not included with any of our badges and must be purchased separately.