hard-nosed short stories sought for contest
- StoneThreadPublishing Short Fiction Contest III
For this contest we’re seeking hard-nosed short stories. By hard-nosed,
we meanwe want the rough stuff: detective, mystery, thriller,
psychological suspense,police procedural, etc. If it moves the reader
to the edge of his chair ormakes him shrink back in fear, send it. If
it’s so absurd it makes us laugh,albeit nervously, send it. Can it have
elements of romance or fantasy orscience fiction? Sure. Anything from
the hard-working gumshoe working homicidein Detroit or Chicago or New
York to an interdimensional being tracking a bailjumper through time to
your best female sleuth, you know, sleuthing and stuff.Please no
gratuitous anything unless the use is obviously intentional, as in
hyperbole. With that in mind, send us your best effort.
· There is no reading fee or entry fee for this contest.
· Entry deadline, 30 April 2013 (may be extended if we do
notreceive enough entries).
· Previously unpublished short fiction only.
· 1,000 to 10,000 words.
· Email submission as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to
· Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email.
· Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of
thefirst page of the story.
· Absolutely no present-tense narrative. (Of course, dialogue
willbe in present tense, as will the unspoken thoughts of characters.)
Wewill announce the winners by email to all entrants approximately one
monthafter the contest closes. We will also post a list of winners on
our website atStoneThreadPublishing.com.
We will endeavor to correct any inadvertent errors in a submission
(e.g., emailaddress missing from the manuscript) but entries that are
under or over theword-count limits will not be considered for a cash
All winningentries and all honorable mentions will be included in an
anthology to bepublished as an ebook by StoneThread Publishing.
First Place: $60plus one copy of the anthology
in each eformat
Second Place: $50 plus one copy of theanthology in
Third Place: $40 plus one copy of theanthology in
Fourth Place: $30 plus one copy of theanthology in
Fifth Place: $20plus one copy of the anthology
in each eformat
HonorableMentions: Publication and one copyof the anthology in
These are the complete guidelines.
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Traditional Royalty Paying Epublisher: StoneThreadPublishing.com