Short Story Contests: December

In Writing on December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

A new month is upon us and, with NaNoWriMo safely behind us, we turn once again to submissions of our not-so-novel-length works (that is, short stories).

Here, then, is a list of writing contests you can enter in the month of December — happy submitting!


Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Guidelines: 7,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition
  • Deadline: December 17
  • Guidelines: 1,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $3,000
MERIDIAN Editor’s Prize in Fiction
  • Deadline: December 30
  • Guidelines: 10,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $8
  • First prize: $,1000
Blue Mesa Review 2012 Fiction Contest
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 7,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $17
  • First prize: $1,000
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 8,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First prize: $1,500
Carve Magazine 2013 Esoteric Award
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 8,000 words or fewer on the subject of natural disasters
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 3,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $21
  • First prize: $300
H. E. Francis Contest
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines:  5,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First prize: $2,000
L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 17,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $0 (that’s right!)
  • First prize: $1,000
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Guidelines: 500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First prize: $1,000

As always, I’ve tried to only include the most updated, highest-quality contests here. That said, if you know of a contest that should be on here and isn’t, by all means let me know and I’ll add it! (brian@pinionpost.com)
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