Frequently Asked Questions
What are contest stories?Contest Stories:
These stories are based on the contest topic. Contests run for two months. They may be science fiction, fantasy or horror only. Our maximum word limit is 1,000 words. Submissions are accepted for the first six weeks of the two months on a contest by contest basis year round.
A note about story length. You have up to 1000 words, use them! Stories under 100 words are considered vignettes and do not qualify as real stories.
From our friends at Wikipedia:
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For other uses, see Vignette (disambiguation).
In theater script and poetry writing, vignettes are short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, an idea, or a setting. This type of scene is more common in recent postmodern theater, where adherence to the conventions of theatrical structure and story development are jettisoned. It is particularly influenced by contemporary notions of a scene as shown in film, video and television scripting.
All entries that are accepted for the contest are then judged against each other with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are then announced.
We do not pay for these stories but you do get to brag if you win. We get first electronic and anthology rights all other copyright reverts to the author after publication.