Posts Tagged ‘short short fiction contests’

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 30, 2014
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: Submit the worst possible opening sentence for a story
up to 60 words max. Enter as many times as you like.
PRIZE: a pittance
URL: http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

The rules to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:

Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (One fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.)

Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.

Surface mail entries should be submitted on index cards, the sentence on one side and the entrant’s name, address, and phone number on the other.

E-mail entries should be in the body of the message, not in an attachment (and it would be really swell if you submitted your entries in Arial 12 font). One e-mail may contain multiple entries.

Entries will be judged by categories, from “general” to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on. There will be overall winners as well as category winners.

The official deadline is April 15 (a date that Americans associate with painful submissions and making up bad stories). The actual deadline is June 30, 2014.

The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year.

Wild Card Rule: Resist the temptation to work with puns like “It was a stark and dormy night.“

Finally, in keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance.

You may inflict your entries either by electronic or surface mail.

Visit the website:  http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

A Very Short Story Contest

19 March 2014

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

You have to admit its pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words.

We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop. (For any Gotham class except select premium classes.)

We did this contest last year and here’s the winner:

The city burned. Alice lit up, watched. She’d quit later.

Ingrid Bohnenkamp 
Springfield, Missouri

To see the finalists, click here

> CLICK HERE TO ENTER <

The Details:

Submit an original, unpublished 10-word short story.

  • Entries must be submitted online by May 5, 2014. Only online entries will be accepted. Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must consist of no more than ten words. You may use a title but that goes into the word count. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on writing originality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com
  • The winner will be notified by June 3, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php