Short Story Writing Contest

Submissions are open May 1st-31st. Check back here for a link to submit.


The Judge

Rebecca LeeRebecca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The City Is a Rising Tide and the story collection Bobcat and Other Stories (a finalist for The 2014 Story Prize). She has been published in The Atlantic and Zoetrope, and in 2001 she received a National Magazine Award for her short fiction. Originally from Saskatchewan, Lee is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is now a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The Prizes

Winner: $1000
First runner up: $250
Second runner up: $250
Bonus prize: Full scholarship to The Story Intensive (Scroll down for details!)
Publication: The three winning stories will appear in Little Bird Stories Vol IV.

The Submission Guidelines

1. Keep your story under 2,500 words, please.
2. Your story must incorporate one of my daily writing prompts or story dares.
3. On the first page of your submission, include the prompt that inspired the story.
4. Stories must be double-spaced and submitted as a .pdf or .doc file.
5. Your story must not have your name on it. Your name only goes on the submission form.
6. There is a $25 submission fee per story.
7. You may enter as many times as you like.
8. Contest closes May 31, 2014.

The Bonus Prize!

When you submit your story, your name is automatically entered in a draw to win a full scholarship to The Story Intensive this September. It’s a contest inside a contest! Each submission counts as a separate chance to win.

Here’s what to do next.

1. Are you receiving my prompts? Good. If you haven’t done so already, sign up to have a confounding and irresistible writing prompt delivered to your inbox daily.
2. Write. Put the deadline in your calendar, and go get your story ready for the contest.
3. Read Deep Revision, my free series of writing tutorials. Do the homework; it will help you rewrite your story draft to make sure it’s the best it can be.
4. Read Little Bird Stories to see what the winning writers did with prompts in Volumes I, II, and III.
5. Ready? Submit your story!

Submissions are open May 1st-31st. Check back here for a link to submit.



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