Winter Writing Contest

This winter, The Write Practice is partnering with Short Fiction Break literary magazine to host a writing contest in which every writer gets published.

The Write Practice Winter Writing Contest

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

Maximum length: 1,500 words.

Genre: We have prizes for both Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction.

Contest theme: Two Worlds. Ordinary vs. Extraordinary. Normal vs. Adventurous. Real vs. Fantastical. Rich vs. Poor. Write a story in which two worlds come together in exciting (and maybe uncomfortable) ways.

Enrollment deadline: To participate, you must enroll for the contest by Tuesday, December 6. Your story will be due for workshopping on Monday, December 12. Your final submission is due Monday, December 19.

Enrollment to this writing contest is currently closed.

If you’re interested in participating in a writing contest with us, you can get updates about them by signing up below.

Writing Contest Sponsors

The prizes for this contest are provided by the following sponsors:

BookBaby makes self-publishing easy with a suite of publishing and promotion services. Download their free ebook, The End. Now What?!, for a step-by-step strategy to promote and sell your book.

Tribe Writers teaches writers to discover their unique writing voice, find the audience waiting for their words, and build a platform that will get them paid and published.

Productive Writer helps writers find the time to write, overcome their fear, and finish their books.

Writing Contest Prizes

The panel of judges will select 10 winning stories. These winners will receive:

ONE GRAND PRIZE: 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 membership to Becoming Writer, normally $180, as well as a cash prize of $400.

They will also get to choose one of our sponsor prizes: Jeff Goins’ Tribe Writers course, Tim Grahl’s Productive Writer course, or a $500 credit to book publishing at BookBaby.

All together, this prize is valued at $1577.

ONE NARRATIVE NONFICTION WINNER: The narrative nonfiction winner will have their stories featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break.

They’ll also receive one year of free membership to Becoming Writer, normally $180, as well as a $150 cash prize.

They will also get one of our sponsor prizes: the Tribe Writers course, the Productive Writer course, or a book publishing package at BookBaby.

ONE FICTION WINNER: The fiction winner will have their stories featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break.

They’ll also receive one year of free membership to Becoming Writer, normally $180, as well as a $150 cash prize.

They will also get one of our sponsor prizes: the Tribe Writers course, the Productive Writer course, or a book publishing package at BookBaby.

TEN HONORARY MENTIONS: The honorary mentions will have their stories featured on the front page of Short Fiction Break.

ALL SUBMISSIONS: Every author who submits a story to this contest will be published.*

Winners will be announced mid to late January.

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

Entry Fee**

There are two entry options for this writing contest:

Standard Entry: The standard entry fee is $20, which includes entry to the contest, story workshopping, and six weeks of premium access to the Becoming Writer community (normally $25).

As a bonus, you’ll also receive copies of the #1 Amazon bestselling reference book, Let’s Write a ShortStory, and the companion workbook, 15 Days to Write and Submit a Short Story, normally $20.

PLUS, you’ll get a copy of our NEW book, How to Win a Writing Contest, normally $10.

The total value is over $55, but entrants pay $20.

Premium Entry: The premium entry fee is $30, and includes all of the above, PLUS personalized feedback from the judges on your story. Find out why your story won or why it wasn’t selected.

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

Full Contest Rules

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

  1. Write a new story based on the contest theme. The theme is:Two Worlds. Ordinary vs. Extraordinary. Normal vs. Adventurous. Real vs. Fantastical. Rich vs. Poor. Write a story in which two worlds come together in exciting (and maybe uncomfortable) ways.
  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, December 6 at 11:59 pm PT and your story is due for workshopping Monday, December 12. Your final submission is due Monday, December 19. The sooner you enroll, the more time you have to write a better story.

Join the Contest

Sorry! Enrollment to this writing contest is closed.

If you’re interested in participating in a writing contest with us, you can get updates about them by signing up below.