The Current Contest

Contest #23 officially launched on March 9, 2014. Its premise is


One or more characters face an especially difficult decision. Whether readers would find the decision difficult will have no effect on how the story is rated. What matters is whether at least one of the story's more important characters finds the decision difficult.

As usual, any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine.

Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the “Decisions, Decisions” premise. If you have questions, ask us at

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, May 30, 2014.

On The Premises uses Submittable to handle all submissions. You will need a FREE Submittable account to submit a contest entry. When you submit your story, you’ll be given a way to create a Submittable account if you don’t already have one.

On The Premises accepts submissions in the following formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), plain text (.txt), and OpenOffice/NeoOffice (.odt).

To submit a story, use this link:

Submit to OTP short story contest #23

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.

Entries that make the final round of judging, but do not get published, will be critiqued for free. We will also critique non-finalists.