Contests

Now Accepting Open Submissions

I’d like to thank all who have entered the short story contest over the past year and a half. We’re going to take a brief break from the monthly contest. Instead, I am accepting short story submissions for publication. Read on for guidelines and the submission form.

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Submission Guidelines

Stories are to be 1,500 to 3,000 words. All genres welcome. Please keep it ‘R’ rated or less. No discriminatory themes, explicit violence, or explicit sexual content.

Selected entries will be featured here on Mondays.

You retain exclusive rights to your work and are free to republish. Republished stories are welcome.

Please complete the form below with your submission, including a brief bio, which may include social media handles and the titles of any published works you would like to promote. Your website URL will also be included, if provided.

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