Short Story Contest
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Short Story Contest sponsored by the Friends of San Diego Central Library. The Short Story Contest is a continuation of the support provided by the Library to local writing. It is organized in order to shine a spotlight on local writers who write short stories, and is part of the Local Author Program.
Rules & Guidelines
- All entries are submitted online during a prescribed schedule set by the San Diego Public Library.
- The contest is open to original, published or unpublished stories.
- Stories that have won and/or placed in other writing contests are ineligible.
- Stories previously accepted in this contest in previous years are not eligible.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
- Stories should be suitable for a general audience.
- Only (1) story per author.
- 1st Place – Publication on the website of the San Diego Public Library – and $300.00 first place award.
- 2nd Place – Publication on the website of the San Diego Public Library – and $125.00 second place award.
- 3rd Place - Publication on the website of the San Diego Public Library – and $75.00 third place award.
- Honorable Mention - Announcement on the library website – and a gift certificate from the Library Shop independent bookstore located in the Central Library.
- Public reading of the top 3 winning stories at a special program honoring the winners.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Short Story Contest is a short fiction competition open to all writers residing in San Diego County. All genres of fiction are acceptable: literary, mystery and crime, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mixed-genre, and experimental.
The goal of the Short Story Contest is to nurture and foster local writing talent, and to provide a platform for the promotion and publication of short form fiction in the area.
All writers in San Diego County 16 and over are eligible to enter the Short Story Contest. San Diego Public Library staff and members of affiliated organizations such as the San Diego Public Library Foundation, Friends of San Diego Public Library, and the Board of Library Commissioners are not allowed to participate in the contest.
A maximum of 150 short stories will be accepted, based on a first come first served basis. Registration will automatically stop after the 150th author registers their manuscript.
A Committee of Librarians with subject expertise in fiction, writing, publishing and literary studies will judge the contest. Judging will be anonymous. When you enter the contest your story will be assigned a number. Judges will identify your story by title and number only.
The Short Story Contest submission form will be available online on Monday, March 4 and must be completed and uploaded by Friday, April 5, 2019.
The manuscript must be double spaced and not exceed 3000 words. Stories over 3000 words will be rejected without review. The manuscript must not have the author’s name anywhere in it. Pages must be numbered. The manuscript title must appear on every page. The manuscript must be saved as "Story Title-Author Name" (Ex: “Librarians in Love - Elsee Dewey”). Standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or Georgia in 12 point font size must be used.
For questions or further clarification regarding the rules and guidelines, please contact us at [email protected].