Bardsy 2022 Character Contest/ Call for Submission (Publication + $499)

The bardsy character contest 2022 wishes to attract writers who can write a short story featuring a character that will inspire a novel.

The Bardsy Character Contest 2022 requires that the writer focuses on the protagonist of their next novel. For example, create a compelling narrative from a defining moment in their backstory, an out-of-character action that foreshadows a key conflict, or an important or problematic relationship that constrains or empowers them.

Every finalist’s story will be published in Bardsy’s 2022 Character anthology, and finalists will receive a cash prize as detailed below.

Bardsy 2022 Character Contest

Eligibility for the Bardsy Character Contest 2022

  • There is no entry fee required.
  • There is no country restrictions. Anyone can enter.
  • The publishers seek your first chapter, or an entire novel written to the word limit.
  • Your story should stand on its own. Toward this end, you must evaluate it, honestly, using our Publishability Index™.
  • No story that the publishers rate as less than 55 will be considered. Self-evaluate your story as honestly as you can, utilizing their FREE publishability index (PI) aide.
  • If you can’t rate your story to above 55 (or even if you can!), please use the wealth of resources they offer to make your story the best it can be.
  • Writing success invariably requires perseverance and thoughtful revision.


Submission Guidelines

1. Stories between 2,000 words and 3,000 words.
2. Previously unpublished works, entered only via the procedures detailed below.
3. Great — not good — stories.
ENTRY Deadline: 26 of June, 2022
at 11:59 PM Pacific; late entries won’t be accepted.

4. Submissions should be done via their submission portal. 



The Bardsy Publishability Index™ contains the criteria they use to judge contests.
There is one grand prize. The grand prize winner receives $299 in cash, and publication in their Character Anthology *.
Finalists receive $50 in cash, and publication in the bardsy Character Anthology *.
An additional, $100, discretionary award for “most improved” previous entrant.
* This publication will be available in ebook and printed formats, on Amazon and other distributors. Finalists can request a free copy.


Good luck!


  • Ohita Afeisume

    Jun 25, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Where should the Bardsy Character Contest be mailed to?


  • Ohita Afeisume

    Jun 25, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Where should the Bardsy Character Contest entry be mailed to?


    • Chiziterem

      Jun 27, 2022 at 9:15 am

      The submission portal is stated in the submission guideline. Number 4! Good luck


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