Fiction

Spark Contest Six – You are Here

The theme for this contest has several lofty terms: self-reflection, introspection, epiphany. We’ve chosen a simpler way to describe it: “You Are Here.” Good stories give us characters we can connect to—maybe not like them, but at least make us care what happens to them. The best stories go further and show some progression, development, …

Published: June 18, 2014

The IaNs

Write a short story based on 1 of the required genres. (Minimum pages: 8, maximum pages: 30) Submit to this website.

Published: June 12, 2014

Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s annual writing contest

Submissions for the annual Knoxville Writers’ Guild writing contest will be accepted now through Sunday, June 15. Contestants may enter their work in several categories including poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpt, one-act play and screenwriting. In addition to the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction, this year KWG offers additional fiction categories for romance, crime/mystery, …

Published: June 11, 2014

2014 Quill & Ink Aestas

Fabula Press presents the 2014 Quill & Ink Aestas Short Story Contest. “Aestas”, the theme of the contest, represents the summer season, but interpretation may be as varied as the transition from youth to middle age, or a prelude to the monsoons, or even a tale simply about harshness. In other words, so long as …

Published: June 11, 2014

Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine 6th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). Be sure to …

Published: June 11, 2014

“Hidden” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent

The call theme is “Hidden.” Unseen, unknown, mysterious, cryptic, masked, clouded, puzzling, esoteric. Show us what hidden means to you. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). The mission of ArtAscent is …

Published: June 11, 2014

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

In our latest competition, you have just 700 words or less to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. The genre is open, just use the photo for inspiration.Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word.Your submission must be …

Published: June 9, 2014

Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

Using the photo published online for inspiration, create a story that both captivates and tantalises the reader. The story can be deeply moving, sensual, sexual or even contain moments of humour, but it should be well-written, with a start, middle and ending. Please note that gratuitous sex scenes are not permitted. Erotic content should be …

Published: June 9, 2014

Descriptive Mystery Story Competition

We want you to write a story inspired by the photo published at the website. Consider that something unusual or unexplained happened here. Importantly, we want you to bring the scenes to life by making it beautifully descriptive. Maximum word count: 1200 including the title. Open to writers worldwide.

Published: June 9, 2014

Lucille’s Legacy Publishing’s 2014 Storytelling Competition

Stories should be unpublished, true, or written as though they were true. We are looking for inspiring, motivational or humorous tales about such subjects as overcoming adversity, an extraordinary act of kindness, about defeating odds, etc. Basically anything that touches our hearts and evokes strong, positive emotion. We are looking for a range of stories …

Published: June 7, 2014