The Writing District Contest

We run a free to enter short story writing contest.

Deadline: Last day of every month

Prize: $50 

We accept short stories up to 3,000 words. Open theme.

November 2018 Winner

Congratulations to Toby LeBlanc our November 2018 winner. You can read the winning entry here.

Contest Rules

  • This contest is open to all aged 18 or over, regardless of nationality or country of residence.
  • Limit of one entry per month. 
  • Free to enter 
  • Maximum 3,000 words. Open theme.
  • This is an ongoing monthly contest. The closing date is the last date of every month. 
  • Entries should be submitted to Unfortunately, we don't accept postal entries.
  • Word count should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the first page.
  • Send your entry as an attachment. We only accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and OpenOffice/NeoOffice (.odt).
  • Entries should be double-spaced. Font: Use Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • All submissions should be the writer’s original work. Story must not have been previously published and must not have won a monetary prize in any other contest. 
  • One winner will be selected every month. The winner will receive $50. Payment is made through PayPal.
  • The winner will be notified by the 30th day of the following month. The results will be published on The Writing District website, our monthly e-newsletter, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages by the 30th of the following month. 
  • Authors retain all rights to their work.
  • The winning author will be given the option to publish their story on our website. 
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
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