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Short Story Writing Contests

Short Story Writing Contest Description

EditFast will hold 12 short story writing contests every year. The monthly short story writing contest is free to all and open to any topic apart from the exclusions listed below. The top two winners each month will be published in a yearly hardback volume "24 Short Stories On Life." At the discretion of the judges, all well written short stories may be published on the Web site. In order to publish the short stories, EditFast must reserve First Rights on all submissions.

What's a Short Story?

There are many definitions of "short story," but for our purposes here it refers to a short work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format or medium tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, such as novellas and novels or books. Short stories have their origins in oral story-telling traditions and the prose anecdote, a swiftly-sketched situation that quickly comes to its point.

How To Submit Your Short Story

  1. Read the following Rules and Regulations
  2. Check the box at the bottom to confirm that you have read the Rules and Regulations
  3. Click "Continue"
  4. Fill in the form
  5. Upload your document
  6. Click "Submit"

Short Story Writing Contest Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

  1. No entry fee is required.
  2. EditFast reserves First Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the story remain the property of the author.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person's ideas, without written permission or proper acknowledgment will result in disqualification.
  4. Excessive violence, sex or religious extremism, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification.
  5. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
  6. To be eligible, entries must be from 2,000 to 10,000 words in length.
  7. Entries must be submitted in electronic format via our submission form (read the rules and regulations, then click "CONTINUE" at the bottom)
  8. All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
    1. MS Word
    2. Adobe PDF
    3. Word Perfect
    4. Open Office
    5. Microsoft Works
  9. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author's name, full mailing address, telephone number and email address. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but NOT the author's name (to facilitate fair judging).
  10. The EditFast short story contest runs every month. To be eligible for the following month's contest, your submission must be received by midnight (PST) on the last day of the month prior to the contest (Submissions for the short story writing contest for May must be received by midnight on the last day of April.)
  11. Each entrant may submit only one short story per contest.
  12. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  13. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
  14. The top two winners each month will be included in our yearly publication of "24 Short Stories On Life."
  15. At the discretion of the judges, all well written short stories may be published on the Web site.
  16. Winners will be individually notified of the results by email on the last day of the month following the month of submission of the short story. (Short stories submitted in April, will be entered in the May short story writing contest and winners will be notified on the last day of May.)

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