Scribes Valley
Annual Writing Contest

For our 22st Annual Scribes Valley Short Story Writing Contest, we are looking for stories that enthrall us, leave us breathless, make us say “Wow!” and stay in our minds even weeks after we read them. You've worked hard on your story, pondered every word, developed characters so real you know them personally, and created a setting which pulls readers out of the real world. Don’t keep it to yourself! Let others read it. Let US read it!

Short stories (any subject)
Deadline: November 30, 2024

**Monetary prizes for top 1-3 stories will be based on participation**
All finalists will be published in annual anthology. 

See below for guidelines, rules, and HOW TO ENTER

Click HERE to read our contest FAQ

See previous contest winners:
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 20092010,
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,
2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023


  • Thrill us! Entertain us! Beguile us! TELL US A STORY!
  • Please do not submit A.I. material. We want to see/hear YOUR voice! YOUR work!
  • Fiction short stories up to 5,000 words. Any genre, any subject.
  • Cover page should have author name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, word count, and optional author bio. Subsequent pages should have at least page number.
  • Submissions should be in English and in a font size that doesn't require a magnifying glass.
  • Entry Fee: $8.00 US per story (nonrefundable). No limit on submissions. 
  • Click HERE to enter online, where the entry fee ($8.00 US) can be made securely by credit card through PayPal.
  • If you would like to send your story through snail mail, please drop us an email for instructions on how to do that. 
  • We try to notify authors by email when their entries are received. If you do not receive notification, drop us an email


  • Our contest is open to everyone, regardless of nationality, age, or publishing history, as long as it is legal in the submitter's place of residence.
  • Submissions should be in English.
  • All work must be original and unpublished. The author must own all rights to the submitted material. We require only First Anthology Rights for those stories we publish. All other rights remain with the author.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. However, if the work is published (or accepted for publication) elsewhere before the contest ends, the author must inform Scribes Valley Publishing so the story may be removed from contest consideration.
  • Contest decisions are final. 
  • Winners will be notified via any or all of the following: mail, e-mail, telephone. Please be sure all information in your submission is correct and current. If a finalist is not reachable after all avenues are exhausted, another finalist will be chosen.
Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Writing Contest
We look forward to seeing your hard work!

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