Short Story Writing Contest! $250 Cash and Prizes Worth Over $3,200

 

 * * * Update 04-01-18: Submissions for the contest have closed. Winners will be announce April 30th! * * *

 

Hi all! I’m excited to announce A Writer’s Path’s first writing contest. We have an excellent panel of 5 judges and 6 sponsors, and we’re looking to make this a large event.

Writing contests are a great way to gain experience and have the possibility of winning cash and prizes. For the winners, it’s also a great thing to add to your writing resume.

 

Prizes:

1st place:

  • $150 USD cash prize
  • 100,000 word basic editing, which includes line edits and some copy edits, sponsored by Shalamar (valued at $550)
  • 1 custom book cover design, sponsored by Infinity Flower Publishing (valued at $75)
  • 8,000 word developmental edit, sponsored by TR Perri Literary Editing (valued at $250)
  • 25,000 word critique, sponsored by Owl Editing (valued at $125)
  • 30-day tweet book advertising campaign, sponsored by Tweet Your Books (valued at $59)
  • One-year free membership to A Writer’s Path Writers Club, sponsored by A Writer’s Path Writers Club (valued at $8.95)
  • Publication in our future writing contest winners anthology

 

2nd place:

  • $50 USD cash prize
  • 100,000 word basic editing, which includes line edits and some copy edits, sponsored by Shalamar (valued at $550)
  • 1 custom book cover design, sponsored by Infinity Flower Publishing (valued at $75)
  • 8,000 word developmental edit, sponsored by TR Perri Literary Editing (valued at $250)
  • 25,000 word critique, sponsored by Owl Editing (valued at $125)
  • 30-day tweet book advertising campaign, sponsored by Tweet Your Books (valued at $59)
  • One-year free membership to A Writer’s Path Writers Club, sponsored by A Writer’s Path Writers Club (valued at $8.95)
  • Publication in our future writing contest winners anthology

 

3rd place:

  • $50 USD cash prize
  • 100,000 word basic editing, which includes line edits and some copy edits, sponsored by Shalamar (valued at $550)
  • 1 custom book cover design, sponsored by Infinity Flower Publishing (valued at $75)
  • 8,000 word developmental edit, sponsored by TR Perri Literary Editing (valued at $250)
  • 25,000 word critique, sponsored by Owl Editing (valued at $125)
  • 30-day tweet book advertising campaign, sponsored by Tweet Your Books (valued at $59)
  • One-year free membership to A Writer’s Path Writers Club, sponsored by A Writer’s Path Writers Club (valued at $8.95)
  • Publication in our future writing contest winners anthology

 

Submissions are only accepted from Feb 1st-March 31st, 2018 and are $10 per submitted story. Multiple submissions are accepted, each with their own submission fee. Submissions must be between 4,000-7,000 words. Any genre but erotica is accepted.

Entries must not have been published before (but posted on a blog, for example, is fine). Winners will be announced April 30th, 2018.

 

About our judges:

-Andrea Lundgren: Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Bachelor of Science in Drama, Television, and Film. As a book and blurb writing coach, she works with authors from all over the world. She has studied the art of fiction writing from an academic and professional reader’s point-of-view for over a decade, and she specializes in a broad spectrum of genres.

 -Allison Maruska: Allison is the author of the best-selling novel The Fourth Descendant and its standalone sequel, The Seventh Seed. She enjoys reading and writing mystery, suspense, and YA fiction primarily. In addition to writing, Allison is a wife, mother, and a certified reading interventionist at a high-risk elementary school in her area.

-Paige Barrera: Paige is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Communication and Journalism. When she’s not writing fantasy and love stories, she enjoys assisting authors as an editor, typesetter, and book cover designer. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and eleven pets.

 -Deborah Dixon: Deborah is an author and publisher. She is a cofounder of Shalamar, an author services and advocacy company. Her second novel, Connected, Inc, will be released this year.

 -Silvia Curry: Silvia’s Reading Corner opened over five years ago out of her love of books and her passion to make books better. Specializing in fiction, she reads and works on a wide array of novels from sci-fi to gritty romance to gruesome horror and everything in-between.

If you have an interest in being a judge or sponsor for the next writing contest, contact me here.

 

Terms of Entry:

  • The stories submitted must be original work, written by you. The winning stories can be subject to online scans to check for authenticity.
  • Blind judging: the judges will not see the names of those submitting.
  • The contest will be judged based on writing and storytelling skill, not chance. This is not a lottery of any kind. The judges’ decision is final.
  • People from any country are welcome to participate, although the submissions must be in English. A person must be at least 18 years of age to submit.
  • The winner must have a Paypal account to receive the cash prize. If the winner would prefer an electronic Amazon gift card (where available) instead of the cash prize, that can be arranged.
  • The entry fee is non-refundable. Any entries for which payment has not been received before 11:59pm (UTC-6 time zone) on March 31st, 2018 will be disqualified.
  • Authors of the winning stories grant Applebury Press (A Writer’s Path’s publishing company) the non-exclusive right to publish the stories as part of a Writing Contest Winners anthology, in print and eBook editions, including reprints and new editions of that anthology. Other than this consideration, the author retains all rights and copyrights.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once submitted.
  • We don’t accept physical/mailed-in submissions.
  • Multiple entries are allowed (each with their own submission fee), but to ensure a varied selection of winners, no author may receive a winning placement for more than one story. It simply gives you a greater chance of being awarded one winning placement.
  • Submitted stories must be between 4,000-7,000 words. Longer or shorter entries will be disqualified.
  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules. No refund will be given in the event of a story being disqualified for breach of the rules.

 

Submission instructions:

  • Click on the Paypal button below and pay your submission fee of $10 USD per entry. In the “note to the recipient,” write your name and the title of your story (this helps me match your payment with your submission).
  • Once you’ve paid your submission fee, fill out the submission form at the bottom of this page. Please have the name match the name you wrote in the “note to the recipient.”
  • Both of the above steps are needed for a story to be considered submitted.
  • Submissions are accepted Feb 1st, 2018 through 11:59pm (UTC-6) on March 31st, 2018.

The payment method works with either all major credit cards or Paypal transfer. If you’re A Writer’s Path Writers Club member, click here instead and look to the top of the page to receive a discount on your submission ($7 instead of $10).

 

Story submission form:

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53 thoughts on “Short Story Writing Contest! $250 Cash and Prizes Worth Over $3,200”

  1. So just to be clear – if I wrote a short story and just posted it on my blog for Halloween, I can’t use that one? I need to write something new? It hasn’t been published; I just wrote it for a theme on Halloween and I thought that would be a good story for this. But you said it can’t be anywhere online…?

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    1. You make a good point, ToYA. There’s no reason to object to a story posted on a blog or website. As long as it hasn’t been published (e.g. on a marketplace like Amazon, wattpad, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, etc.), it’s fine. Your story is okay to submit! I made the change to the contest page.

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