Give us your best and be a winner in our all-new Fiction Short Story Contest!
You asked for it, and we're doing it. This spring we'll publish a bonus magazine of short stories by our readers, and we want you to be in it. Whether you're already a well-known novelist, or a newcomer ready to get in print, the Southern Writers Fiction Short Story Contest is your chance to make your mark on the big world of short stories.
Any family-friendly subject is welcome, and the guidelines are simple:
1. Your story must be original unpublished fiction. 2. Manuscript must be 1500 words or less, 12 pt Times or Times New Roman, double-spaced. 3. Your name, phone number, email address, mailing address and word count must be on page 1 ONLY, with your title and story beginning on page 2. 4. No erotica, profanity or otherwise questionable content shall be eligible. 5. Submission and entry fee must be received by 12:01 AM March 2, 2013.
Once you've written your mini-masterpiece: 6. Submit your Word or other text document using the contact form below these rules. 7. Send your $15 entry fee via PayPal (PayPal will appear once you've submitted).
What are you waiting for? Get short with us!
OFFICIAL RULES 1. Winners will be chosen from all entries received between Tuesday January 1 and Friday March 1, 2013, and judged by a panel of editors and guest judges on the basis of writing quality, creativity, style, grammar and overall appeal. Judges will not know the identity of the entrants. Submissions must be the sole work of the entrant and previously unpublished in print or internet. Submission constitutes understanding and acceptance of these rules, and grants Southern Writers Magazine first rights to publish the winning stories. Entrant retains all other publishing rights. Multiple entries accepted ($15 first entry, $10 each additional).
2. In addition to cash and online subscriptions, winners will have the option of having their photo appear on the cover or inside a special issue next to their story, in which case an appropriate high-quality JPG or other digital representation will be needed. Inclusion will be at the discretion of the publisher, but every effort shall be made to secure a suitable photo. Publisher will also request a brief bio from winners to accompany their story.
3. Winners will be announced after all entries are evaluated and winners chosen. Expected date of bonus publication is April 2013, between the regular March and May issues of Southern Writers.
4. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to all U.S. residents 18 years and older, except for the staff and families of Southern Writers Magazine.