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$25.00 USD, $40.00 USD


  1. Contest will accept submissions until January 24, 2020.*
  2. Submission cost is $25** per short story or $40 for a submission with brief feedback. Your entry type has no bearing on the contest outcome.
  3. Submissions should follow the length and style requirements listed below. (see below)
  4. Winners announced no later than March 1, 2020.
  5. Do not include "discussion questions" with your submission.
  6. NEW/UNPUBLISHED WRITER'S ENCOURAGED! No bio information will be permitted as part of the submission, we want to judge your writing on the merits of the writing alone.

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Winner

  • $250
  • Announcement on web page, social media, and author promotion.
  • Publication via Kindle Direct Publication and website as well as promotion as part of the “After Dinner Conversation” Series.   "After Dinner Conversation" Short Stories are frequently top in several categories on Amazon!   
  • Future podcast (video) featured discussion of your story. 

 Three Honorable Mentions

  • Announcement on web page, social media, and author promotion.
  • Consideration for purchase and publication via Kindle Direct Publication and website as well as promotion as part of the “After Dinner Conversation” Series.
  • Consideration for future podcast featured discussion.
  • Briefly written feedback about what is so wonderful about the story and what areas (if any) need a bit more work.

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What style are you looking for?
Your writing can be any genre, and from any perspective. The important thing is that it spurs discussions and requires the reader to expand their mind. If you need an example, read “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” or "Rainbow People Of The Glittering Glade,” a short story we previously published.

Another way to think of it is this, we are looking for The Trolley Problem in short story form. The point is, the short story should be interesting as a short story, but also have a deeper point for a longer discussion.


What length are you looking for? 

  1. Children’s Stories:  Under 1,500 words
  2. Young Adult:  Under 5,000 words
  3. Adult:  1,500-10,000 words


* We reserve the right to extend the deadline at our sole discretion.

** We understand that publications that require you to pay to submit are sketchy. So, to be clear, it's the contest entry that costs money.  You can always submit through our normal unsolicited process for free at any time.

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