Winter Writing Contest

This November, The Write Practice is partnering with Reedsy and Short Fiction Break literary magazine to host a writing contest in which everyone gets published!
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Writing Contest Guidelines

Open to writers of all kinds to write a new story based on our contest theme, workshop it in our writing community, and submit it for publication in Short Fiction Break literary magazine.

All writers who participate may be published if they choose.*

Maximum length: 1,500 words.

Contest theme: Countdown. Your character has a deadline. It might be a cancer prognosis giving him 6 months to live, a blackmailer giving her twenty-four hours to comply before a secret is revealed, a few more minutes until the clock strikes midnight and his one true love vanishes, or something else entirely. Whatever the case, your character is racing against the clock. Tell a story with a countdown.

Enrollment deadline: To participate, you must enroll for the contest by Tuesday, October 24. Your story will be due for workshopping on Monday, October 30. Your final submission is due Monday, November 6.

Over $1,700 Prizes, Plus Publication for Every Writer

The panel of judges from Short Fiction Break literary magazine will select one grand prize winning story, two runners-up, and five honorable mentions. These winners will receive:

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

The grand prize winning story will be featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break. The winner will be invited to become a monthly contributor to the literary magazine.

They’ll receive one year of free premium membership to Becoming Writer, normally $360, as well as a cash prize of $300. They'll also receive an editorial assessment through Reedsy, valued at $500.

This prize is valued at $1,160.

TWO RUNNERS-UP

Two runners-up will have their stories featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break. They will also receive one year of free membership to Becoming Writer, normally $180, and a $100 cash prize each

This prize is valued at $280 each.

FIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS

The honorable mentions will have their stories featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break.

ALL SUBMISSIONS CAN GET PUBLISHED

Every writer who submits a story to this contest will be published by Short Fiction Break.*

Winners will be announced mid-December.

*Authors who do not wish to be published may opt out.

READERS' CHOICE AWARD

Those who choose to have their stories published will be entered for the Readers’ Choice Award. Readers and fellow contest participants will have a week to vote for their favorite story, and the winner will be featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break.

Sponsors

Reedsy is changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content.

Becoming Writer is the premier workshopping community from The Write Practice. Contest participants receive six weeks’ access to the workshopping community to get feedback on their short stories, novel chapters, and other writing pieces.

Bonuses!

Participants in this contest get four bonus eBooks worth $40, including Scrivener Superpowers, our guide How to Win a Writing Contest, and the bestselling book on writing short stories, Let’s Write a Short Story.

Entry Fee*

Sign up for the writing contest before it closes in…

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Basic Entry

Join the writing contest
$30
  • Join the Winter writing contest
  • Feedback from your fellow writers
  • $55 in bonuses
  • Workshop ONE story per week

Premium Entry

Get Judges' Feedback
$50
  • Join the Winter writing contest
  • Feedback from judges!
  • $55 in bonuses
  • Workshop unlimited stories per week

Becoming Writer

Premium Unlimited
$25/month auto-renew
  • Unlimited writing contests (4 / year)
  • Feedback from judges!
  • $4,000+ prizes / year
  • $35 in bonuses
  • Workshop ∞ stories per week

*Current members of Becoming Writer receive standard entry to the writing contest at no additional fee. Premium members of Becoming Writer receive premium entry.

This Contest Is Now Closed

The writing contest is closed. But don’t worry! We host new writing contests all the time.

Full Contest Rules

Want to know all the details? Here’s how the Writing Contest will work:

  1. Write a new story based on the contest theme: Countdown. Your character has a deadline. It might be a cancer prognosis giving him six months to live, a blackmailer giving her twenty-four hours to comply before a secret is revealed, a few more minutes until the clock strikes midnight and his one true love vanishes, or something else entirely. Whatever the case, your character is racing against the clock. Tell a story with a countdown.
  2. Join the Becoming Writer community. All entrants get six weeks access to the Becoming Writer community, where you’ll be able to workshop your piece for the writing contest and join a supportive, encouraging community of fellow writers.
  3. Finish your story. This isn’t just a writing contest. We want to give you accountability to write something new. We’ll give you the support you need to write a new story of up to 1,500 words.
  4. Workshop your story. After you finish your story, get valuable feedback from other members of the Becoming Writer community. Then, edit your story so that it’s the best it can be.
  5. Submit your story to the judges. After your story is workshopped, you can submit the final draft to the judges, who will review your story for publication.
  6. Get published! Every writer who enters has the option of getting published by Short Fiction Break. Whether the judges select your piece or not, you’ll get the exposure your writing deserves.
  7. Get feedback from the judges! If you choose the premium entry, you’ll also get personalized feedback about why your story was or wasn’t selected by the judges.
  8. The winners. The judges will choose several winning stories. These top stories will get featured publication and cash prizes, as well as be publicized to The Write Practice’s community of readers.
Enrollment for participation in the contest is only open until Tuesday, October 24 at 11:59 pm PT and your story is due for workshopping Monday, October 30. Your final submission is due Monday, November 6. The sooner you enroll, the more time you have to write a better story.

This Contest Is Closed

The writing contest is closed. But don’t worry! We host new writing contests all the time.

This is your chance to get published!

Join the contest, write a new story, get feedback, get your best writing published, and get the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Sign up now!