Current Contest

The Current Contest

Short Story Contest #32 launched on June 10, 2018.


For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which one or more characters almost die, but do not. (Other characters in the story can die, but not the one(s) the story focuses on.)

GENRE RULES: No children’s fiction, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, FRIDAY, August 31, 2018.

One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.

Submit Your Entry



Remember to take all identifying information out of your story! Tell us who you are in the space provided for the cover letter, NOT in your story! No headers, no bylines… just the story.

Normally, if your contest entry does not get selected for publication, we will critique it for $15. We will not have time this September to critique non-winning entries. For short story contest #32 ONLY, we are not offering our critiquing service.

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