Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the 1st and 25th paragraphs, and the short story writer crafts the rest. First prize is $3000, 2nd prize is $2000, and 3rd prize is $1000 with the winning short stories published in a short story anthology, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. The twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this anthology.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Owl Canyon Press provides paragraph #1 and two alternative paragraph #25's. The writer gets to choose which paragraph #25 to use and then writes the other 48 paragraphs (i.e., paragraphs 2-24 and 26-50) to complete the story.
There’s no cost to enter
Anyone can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English
50 Paragraphs total – including the 1st and 25th provided in the submission form
No maximum word count, but each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words – this isn’t flash fiction so feel free to use as many words as you need to tell the story
Dialog is fine as long as it’s in a paragraph of at least 40 words
Authors retain all rights to their short stories
Winning authors agree to permit Owl Canyon Press to publish their stories in an Anthology
Winners receive up to $3000 in cash awards, publication in a short story anthology, and an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO
Winners will be notified in February 2019
Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in disqualification
For additional information check the Owl Canyon Press Hackathon FAQ