Short Story Contest


Hello There All My Lovelies, 

V.M. Sawh here, and it's my pleasure to welcome you all to the official SIA Short Story Contest page, where you can find all the details about our rotating short-fiction contest!

What's This? A Contest, You Say? What's The Prize?

You, dear writer have an opportunity, nay, an obligation to share your gift with the world! Yes, this group of dynamic individuals is offering you the chance to...

  • Have your work reviewed and published in our newsletter that goes out to all of our subscribers! 
  • Have the winning entry be featured in the Winner's Circle spot on this very website! 
  • The winner will also receive ONE (1) free ad space in our newsletter for the month that their entry is published. 
  • Winner will also receive ONE (1) free Twitter Ad for their own personal use. 
  • The winner will also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ by the SIA moderators. Newsletter subscribers will also be encouraged to share your Twitter Ad and Winning Entry.

I Am Intrigued! What Do I Have To Do?

Pay attention, because this next part is important! Check back on this page (Bookmark It!) for the details including:

  • Contest Theme
  • Contest Writing Prompt 
  • Max Words Per Entry 
  • Deadlines for submission

That Sounds Simple Enough... Prepare To Receive Spam!

Not so fast! There are a couple of conditions to this offer...

  1. Have you subscribed to the Support Indie Authors Newsletter? If not, please do so first, before you submit your entry.
  2. Just like Highlander, Neo and Buffy, There Can Be Only One... Entry Per Author (or author team) and one entry per contest. So pick your best and send it to us!
  3. Submissions that do not use the Contest Writing Prompt will not be considered.
  4. Submissions that do not follow the Contest Theme will not be considered.
  5. Submissions received past the Deadline will not be considered.
  6. Entries going over the Max Words will not be considered.
  7. Incest, paedophilia,necrophilia and other gross things will not be considered. If it ain't legal, we're not reading it. 

Got that? Good! Now, because we know not everyone is a supersonic typist, we will list the Contest Themes and Prompts in Advance, to give you time to fine tune your submission!

Please submit your entries to siamoderators@gmail.com with the Headline: Short Story Contest - Theme - "Your Story Title" by Your Name

Below are the Short Story Contests for November, February, May, August & November. . .


November's Not-At-all-normal Contest

Contest Theme: 
"A Bitter Harvest" (Any Genre)

Contest Writing Prompt: 
The farmer rises from the bed in the in the middle of the night, roused from sleep by the sound of barking dogs. He/She turns on the light and peers out the bedroom window to find his/her youngest daughter standing out in the middle of field, all alone...

Max Words: 
2500 words

 

Winner: Michael R. Worthington with "The Farmer's Daughter"


February's find-Me-Love contest

Contest Theme: 
"Will You Be My Valentine?" (Humor)

Contest Writing Prompt:
Your lead character finally decides to try on-line dating. When they arrive at the restaurant to meet their potential soul-mate, but things quickly go awry in a hilarious fashion. Tell us all about it!

Max Words:
2500 words

Deadline For Submission:
January 31st, 2016


May'S MUST-READ-MINIS contest

Contest Theme: 
"The Incredible Shrinking Story" (Any Genre)

Contest Writing Prompt:
Pop Quiz Hotshot - The moment you finish reading this sentence, an Incredible Shrinking Ray hits you from out of nowhere! You are now 1 inch tall! What do you do? 

Max Words:
1000 words

Deadline For Submission:
April 28th, 2016

WINNER: JOED JACKSON WITH "WITHIN AN INCH"


AUGUST AWESOME-SAUCE STORY CONTEST

Contest Theme: 
"What'd You Put In The Sauce?" (Any Genre)

Contest Writing Prompt:
Write a story about a group of friends at a house-warming  party. The host of the party announces that dinner is served and brings out the main course. Everyone takes a bite, but quickly realize that things aren't what they seem. What's in the sauce?

 

Max Words:
2500 words

Deadline For Submission:
July 31st, 2016


NOVEMBER'S never ever CONTEST

Contest Theme: 
"The Never Ever Phone Call" (Literary Fiction/Drama)

Contest Writing Prompt:
She's standing in the soup aisle of the grocery store when she gets the call on her cell phone. The voice on the other line tells her something she never, ever thought she'd hear.  When it's over, she puts the phone back in her pocket and stands there, motionless...

Max Words:
2000 words

Deadline For Submission:
Oct 31st, 2016