Contests

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The Write Contest is dedicated to our creative community and we believe your voice should be heard. If you are in need of a contest scholarship please contact us.

FEATURED PREMIERE SHORT STORY CONTEST OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Short Story (up to 1231 words)

Registration: Early $25 until April 19th / Late $35 Ends April 23rd
Submission Deadline: April 25th 8am PST

Story Criteria will be sent via e-mail to all registered contestants on April 23rd following the close of registration. Contestants will then have 48 hours to complete and upload their story.

Prizes:

  • 1st $500 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session ALL the featured judges published books in your chosen format
  • 2nd $350 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session and the 2 new releases from the featured judges in your chosen format
  • 3rd $150 and “Ask the author?” Zoom session and select e-books from featured judges

How It Works

  1. Register/pay for contest before April 23rd Registration Deadline
  2. Receive your story details via e-mail on April 23rd after registration deadline (including Genre, Character prompt, and a Location prompt). If you have not received your prompts by 8:30am PST contact us. (Make Link to support@thewritecontest.com)
  3. Write and upload your story before the Submission deadline April 25th 8am PST

In the Short Story Contest we give you a genre, a character prompt, and a location prompt. You write the best story you can, within the word count given.  Microsoft Word will be the standard used to measure your submission word count.

This contest has the potential of several rounds. The first round you will have the shortest word count and shortest timeframe before the submission deadline.

If your story is selected to advance to the next round then you will receive a new set of prompts, with a different word count and a longer timeline to compose your submission before the entry deadline.

There will be as few as one round to as many as three rounds depending on the number of participants.

Although, you may only submit one story per round. Multiple rounds mean you could get more than one finished story out of the experience and can explore different creative avenues throughout the process. This contest is a great opportunity to try new genres and explore new ways to express your writing voice and style.

You are assigned a randomized genre for each round which may include a mix of traditional flavors and new twists Including (but not limited to):

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery/Thriller, Drama,Romance, Horror, Historical Fiction, Heist, Comedy, Supernatural, Hybrid, and Choose-your-own.

Prize money is GUARANTEED, no matter how many contestants enter. This is the first year, and we have literally no idea how many entries to expect. If only ten people sign up, we are still paying $1000 in cash between the top three entrants.

Details and directions for the contest will be e-mailed to you so check your junk/spam folder if you don’t see it come through after registration.

Submissions cannot be accepted or accessed after the deadline, so make sure you plan ahead and upload your story in plenty of time.

When you register for the contest the “Contestant Name” field will auto-fill with your name. This field is hidden from the judges, but PLEASE make sure there are NO identifiers within the title or body of your uploaded work. Submissions received with names, contact information, and/or web/social media links will be disqualified.

This contest is different than some of our others because it has multiple rounds and the potential for you to be writing several stories. Take advantage of the opportunity to stretch in your writing craft. Get curious and explore your unique perspectives and voice. All submissions are reviewed by our professional team and winners are chosen by our featured judging panel.

Join us for this exciting new challenge!!

 

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Dialogue-Only Contest (up to 250 words)

Early Registration ($20) Ends June 1st / Registration ($25) Ends June 18th at 8am

Prizes:

  • 1st $200 and a book from one of our judges in your chosen format
  • 2nd $100
  • 3rd $50

Who here has ever skimmed over rich detailed paragraphs of description scrambling to find the next section of dialogue?

Yup! Guilty.

Well-written dialogue can move your story forward more effectively than pages of narrative.

The Dialogue-Only Contest is an opportunity to create a clear and compelling story using nothing but dialogue.

Your entry can be up to 250 words. Even the smallest words add to the word-count (we believe in the power of the little guys) and contrractions count as one word (because working together makes us better!)

You may have as many characters as you choose, but the dialogue must stand on its own without any description, gestures, narration, or dialogue tags (i.e. he/she/they said).

For this contest grammar is secondary and your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue.

Just have some fun with it.

 

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K.I.S.S. —Keep It Short and Simple 12-word contest

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3 cohorts, 2 rounds, and 15 judges later…  The results are in!!!  12 words of celebration for our first K.I.S.S. 12 word story contest!  *yay* *whoopee* *hurray* *groovy* *sweet* *awesome* *wicked* *fantastic* *yipee* *cool* *amazeballs* *booyah*

Prizes:

  • 1st $100 and a book from one of our judges in your chosen format
  • 2nd $75
  • 3rd $25

It is said that sometimes words get in the way of a good story.

If that is the case, let’s write a story with as few words as possible. In fact, tell us a story in 12 words exactly.

The ABC’s of our Keep It Short and Simple 12-word contest can be explained in, well, 12 words 🙂

Articulate a story or concept with
Brevity in an interesting
Creative way.

Even small words count (we believe in the power of the little guys) and contractions count as one word (because working together makes us better!)

This is a chance to challenge yourself to try something a little different and have some fun doing it!

Future Contests

  • MicroFiction
  • My First Contest
  • NonFiction / Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Road Less Traveled (Surprise Selection)
  • Screenplay 
  • Partnered / Sponsored
  • Video (complete or scene 1-5 min.)
  • Visual Arts

The Write Contest is dedicated to our creative community and we believe your voice should be heard. If you are in need of a contest scholarship please contact us.

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