Sunday 14 August 2016

Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest

   This is a great contest for writers. I am a writing tutor at the Creative Writing Institute.

July 15 - September 15, 2016


Entry fee $5. First, second,  third place winners and up to twelve additional stories (including Judge's Picks) will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology. For the first time, we are awarding professional eMedals and Judge's Pick ribbons to post on your site or blog.
First place: Gold eMedal and $100
Second place: Silver eMedal and $50
Third place: Bronze eMedal and $25                                        
Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal
Judge's Pick: Judge's Pick Red Ribbon

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

"Explain how that happened."
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge's Choice stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions will be accepted.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.
Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at Our special thanks to our judges and assisting award winning Co-ordinator, Jianna Higgins.


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