2021 Short Story Contest

Everybody Has a Story

What’s Yours?


First Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
Second Place: $30 Amazon Gift Card
Third Place: $20 Amazon Gift Card

Honorable Mentions of no monetary value
may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.


  1. Theme is Isolation.
  2. Limit of 1000 words.
  3. Submissions open now and close February 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Submissions sent after that will not be considered.
  4. No simultaneous submissions.
  5. Open to public 18 years or older as of January 18, 2021.
  6. Free to submit.
  7. Work must be original and unpublished, including online/blog/Facebook/any distributed electronic means.
  8. No simultaneous submissions.
  9. Manuscripts will be judged on Overall (Do we want to read on?), Time and Place, Characterizations, Dialogue, Detail, Sequence and Plot, Suspense, and Mechanics.
  10. Members of SCWA Surfside may not enter. Other SCWA members are welcome to submit.
  11. Submit to our email address below as an attachment. Put Contest Entry in the subject line.
  12. By submitting to the contest, Authors agree they have read and agree to the Complete Rules and give permission to publish on our blog. One Time Rights only to publish on our blog. This includes a video of author or author’s designee reading the story. This does not include any print form or other electronic form such as, CD-ROM, in an eBook, or a digital PowerPoint presentation, etc. Author retains all other rights.
  13. Winners will be notified by email and announced on our blog March 1, 2021.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts that do not follow the guidelines will not be read.

  • 1000 words or less.
  • Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • One-inch margins.
  • Do not justify margins. Right margin should appear ragged.
  • Double-spaced.
  • Contact information: Your legal name, address, telephone number, and email address should be at the top of the first page.
  • Title of story should be about one third of the way down first page.
  • If you wish to use a pen name, that should appear under the title of the manuscript.
  • Reference: Short Story Format.
  • Include a brief bio at the end of the manuscript.
  • Attach a photo/head shot of yourself to the email.
  • Submit your story and head shot as a doc or docx file as an attachment to your email. Put Contest Entry in the subject line.

Submit Here


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