Writers Unite!’s 2021 Short Story Contest: closed, Winner announced on August 1, 2021!

Writers Unite!’s 2021 Short Story Contest


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Monday, May 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET





Entry Requirement

Must be a follower of Writers Unite! on Web https://writersuniteweb.wordpress.com/  (Click on Follow or join via email.)


$50.00 Amazon Gift Card


Write a fiction story based on the theme “Courage.”

Word Count

3000 maximum  (1000 minimum)

Contact Information

Writers Unite!: writersunite16@gmail.com




  • Contributors’ work must be original and not posted on any website, social media site, magazine, or traditionally or self-published. No exceptions.
  • Word count must not exceed 3000 words (minimum 1000 words).
  • Story must be fiction and rated G, PG, or R. (No excessive gore or erotica.)
  • Only one submission per author.
  • Stories submitted via email at writersunite16@gmail.com
    Subject Line: “2021 Short Story Contest.”
  • Submissions deadline May 31, 2021 11:59 p.m. E.T.
  • A panel of three experienced authors will judge the stories anonymously.
  • One winner announced on August 01, 2021.
  • Grand Prize:  $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.
  • Winner and top ten runners-up featured on the Writers Unite! blog.

Formatting the Manuscript

  • Document: MS Word.docx or Google doc
  • Font: 12-point Times New Roman or Courier 
  • Visual: Black text on white background
  • Margins: One-inch margins and one-half-inch first-line indents
  • Paragraphs: Set to double-spaced, zero lines before/after
  • Spacing: Left justified with consistent one-space spacing between sentences
  • Name/Word Count: Single-spaced true identity and word count in top right of first page
  • Title: Centered title, about one-third down first page
  • Byline: Centered one double-space after title 
  • Main Text: Begin text two double-spaces below byline
  • Header: Name / Title / Pg.# on pages 2 and above
  • Dialogue: Must be enclosed in quotation marks
  • End of Text: Place <end> after last line
Printable copy of Guidelines

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