Short Story Writing Contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 2014 Little Bird Writing Contest! We had a record number of submissions this year, and Rebecca Lee loved reading your stories. Read about the 2014 winners here.

The Little Bird Writing Contest is an annual, international contest I created exclusively for innovative, emerging short fiction writers.

It began in 2010, when I started posting writing prompts on Twitter.  Now you can get those prompts delivered to your inbox every day. This contest is built to showcase the excellent stories that come from these prompts.

Winner: $1000
First runner up: $250
Second runner up: $250
Bonus prize won by a draw: Full scholarship to The Story Intensive

As well, the winning stories, selected by an author I respect and admire, are published in an annual short fiction anthology: The Little Bird Stories.

Ohlin and LeeCare to meet some of our judges? Each year I speak to our Little Bird Contest judge about what inspires us, the process of writing, what we think of revision, and more! In 2013 Alix Ohlin and I spoke on the phone with over 250 writers and readers listening around the world. In 2014, Rebecca Lee and I had a Skype chat from Toronto-Wilmington, NC. Enter your info below, and you can watch, listen, and download the recordings.

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Little Bird Stories Volume IVLittle Bird Stories Volume IV

Contest Date: 2014

Stories selected by Rebecca Lee
Cover Design: Ryan Muscat
Winner: Rachel Ball, for “Woman In a Drawer”

Read the announcement on the blog


Short Story collectionLittle Bird Stories Volume III

Contest Date: 2013

Stories selected by Alix Ohlin
Cover Design: Ryan Muscat
Winner: Leslie Greentree, for “The Room of Pickled Things”

Read the announcement on the blog


Little Bird Stories Volume II

Contest Date: 2012

Stories selected by Zsuzsi Gartner
Cover Design: Michel Vrana
Winner: Frances Phillips, for “No Street Called Crow”

Short Story Collection
Little Bird Stories Volume I

Contest Date: 2011

Stories selected by Matthew J. Trafford & Jessica Westhead
Cover Design: Carolyn McNeillie
Winner: Brittany Smith, for “Contrast Fluid”

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