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Short Story Contest Registration

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Rules & Guidelines

  • All entries will be submitted online during a previously 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  • The contest is open to original, published or unpublished stories.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.

Prizes

  • 1st Place - Publication on the website of the San Diego Public Library for one (1) month - and $300.00 first place award
  • 2nd Place - Announcement on the library website – and $125.00 second place award
  • 3rd Prize - Announcement on the library website – and $75.00 third place award
  • Honorable Mention - Announcement on library website - a Gift Certificate from the Library Shop independent bookstore located at the Central Library
  • Public reading of the top 4 winning stories at a special program honoring the winners

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SDPL Short Story Contest?

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.

What is the goal of the Short Story Contest?

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.

Who’s eligible to enter the Short Story Contest?

All writers in San Diego County 16 and over are eligible to enter the Short Story Contest. San Diego Public Library staff are not allowed to participate in the contest.

How many short stories will be allowed to participate in the contest?

A maximum of 50 short stories will be accepted, based on a first come first served basis. Registration will automatically stop after the 50th author registers their manuscript.

Who will judge the Short Story Contest?

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.

Does it cost to enter in the Short Story Contest?

There’s no fee to participate in the Short Story Contest. However the public library is always in need of support from the community that it serves. To support the library please visit the website of the Friends of San Diego Public Library and the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

What is the deadline to enter the Short Story Contest?

The Short Story Contest submission form will be available online on March 1 and must be completed and uploaded by Friday, March 31, 2018.


For questions or further clarification regarding the rules and guidelines, please contact us at [email protected].

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