Short Stories

Now that autumn is officially here, it’s the perfect time to take a survey of projects that are close to being finished and to polish them so they sparkle. And one way to jump start yourself is submitting to contests. So here’s a heads up: If you have a short story you love that weighs in at 4,000 words or less, why not submit it to the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards? The deadline: October 15. Here are the details:

 One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $2,500 in cash
  • Featured interview in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
  • Winning story published on
  • Paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • 2019 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • $100 gift certificate for

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • Announcement in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest
  • Winning story published on
  • 2019 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • $100 gift certificate for

Honorable Mentions will receive:

  • Announcement on
  • 2019 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market


  • Mystery/Crime: From the classic whodunits and police procedurals, cozies and courtroom dramas, amateur and private detectives.
  • Horror: Psychological, supernatural, or technological.
  • Romance: Historical or contemporary, paranormal or suspenseful.
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy: Science, magic, or a mash-up of both, new worlds, alternate histories, or fantastic ideas.
  • Thriller/Suspense: High stakes, compelling conflicts, page-turning tension.
  • Young Adult: Your preferred genre(s), for readers age 12-18.

For more details, visit the Writer’s Digest web site and write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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