The Writing District Prize 2023

The Writing District Prize 2023 is now closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their short stories for the prize; we have now chosen our winner and runners-up. 




Entries will only be accepted through Duosoma, the submissions manager for Duotrope.

Short stories can be on any subject, theme or genre.

Entry fee: $15. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.

Maximum word count is 3,000 words.

1st prize: $1000 and publication on our website.
2 runners-up: $100 each

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, social media details, etc. on the short story document or in the file name as this will result in disqualification. You can include your name and contact details on the entry form.

Formatting your short story:

Your story must be written in English. A maximum of 3,000 words. No minimum. Title not included in the word count.

Please submit a typed story in Arial or Times New Roman, 12pt, black. Double spaced.

Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included anywhere in the document or the file name.

No illustrations.

Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). We also accept file types .rtf, .pdf, with the Short Story title as the file name. Please do not include the author’s name in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Final Judge of The Writing District Prize 2023: W T Paterson.

W T Paterson is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and is a graduate of Second City Chicago. His work has appeared in over 80 publications worldwide including The Saturday Evening Post, The Forge Literary Magazine, The Delhousie Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Fresh Ink. A semi-finalist in the Aura Estra short story contest, his work has also received notable accolades from Lycan Valley, North 2 South Press, and Lumberloft.

Full Terms & Conditions here.

FAQ here.

Entries will be accepted through Duotrope only. If you have questions about Duotrope or are having technical difficulties submitting your work, please contact Duotrope Customer Support at

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