Writers Unite!’s 2021 Short Story Contest
Monday, May 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
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$50.00 Amazon Gift Card
Write a fiction story based on the theme “Courage.”
3000 maximum (1000 minimum)
Writers Unite!: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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