August 31st, 2016

Short Story – $100.00 CAD Prize

glasses-272399_960_720Theme:  Any genre, any theme.  Though, we reserve the right to remove entries that break any site rules in regards to abuse, discrimination or x-rated stories. Please see our FAQs for further details

Length:  Minimum of 1,000 words. Maximum of 2,000 words.

Deadline:August 31st, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Prize:  1st place will win $100.  Second and third place will receive an honourable mention.
How to Submit:  Using the Dashboard from your Profile Page, go to Posts, Add New.  Fill in the Title and Body, and then type Short-Contest-2016 in the tags line. Feel free to include another genre tag, too, if you want. Hit Publish.  That’s it!  Make sure to tag it or it won’t show up as an entry.

You must be an upgraded member to enter contests.  

***For the FIRST TIME EVER we are opening the Writer’s Carnival contests up to EVERYONE.  Also, we are giving a FREE one month upgrade to anyone who creates an account before September 1st, 2016.  Simply head over to our upgrade page, select the One Month Upgrade for $7.99, and then enter coupon code SIGNUPBONUS.  The coupon will make the one month option TOTALLY FREE.  Here is the page:

 All decisions are final.  Prize money will be paid via PayPal. You must be an upgraded Writer’s Carnival member to enter.  Stories will be judged on aspects of storytelling, so be sure to submit a polished piece.  We will mainly be looking at content and character connection, though.  So more than editing, you need to focus on telling an amazing story that we won’t want to stop reading from the first word to the last.


*IMPORTANT* There has to be 10 entries in order for the contest to move to the judging phase.  If, for some reason, you would like to pull your entry you need to do that from the Dashboard AT LEAST fourty-eight hours BEFORE we announce the winners on June 30th, 2016. Please also use the Contact Us page to let us know that you’ve withdrawn your entry.

Author Notes


Marcia Yearwood


Can we enter a story in the “posts for review” and then also enter same story for a contest? Can we have more than one entry in each category; like 2 poems and 2 short stories? Just want to make sure I’m doing it correctly. Thanks!


Can we enter both the poetry and short story contest or just one? And, do we have to do the 4 reviews for contest entries or does that just apply to Postf for Reviews? Thanks.

Lisa Doesburg


I have a question…If the contest’s word limit is 2000 but we’re only allowed a 1500 word limit, how does that work? Do we use two posts? I don’t get it..


hmm. that’s probably me. I’ll up the limit.

Lisa Doesburg


hi Doug, it worked! One more glitch I’m finding is that even when I set the image, it’s not showing up on the post. Is there something else I should be doing?

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