Welcome to On The Premises magazine!

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On The Premises is a web-based fiction magazine published in HTML and PDF formats (and soon, ebook formats). Starting in 2015, full-length issues are published in April and October.

Stories published in On The Premises are winning entries in short story contests launched in December and June. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise supplied by our editors.

We also hold “mini-contests” four times a year, in April, May, October, and November. Winning mini-contest entries are published on our web site’s mini-contest pages.

Our Purpose

On The Premises wants to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write what we feel are creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. Our contests have no entry fees. Winners receive cash prizes and publication.

Prize Money

Short Story Contests Mini-Contests
First Place $220 $25
Second Place $160 $15
Third Place $120 $10
Honorable Mention $60 Publication (no money)

We Will Critique Stories That Don’t Win

See here for more information. We will not critique mini-contest entries; they’re too short for a critique to be useful.

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