On the Premises Writing Contest/ How to Submit (Prize: 675$ + Publication)

On the Premises Magazine calls for its current short story writing contest

The theme for this  contest is: OBJECTS IN MOTION

On the premises current contest requires that entrants write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the story’s main character(s) spend most (even better, all) of the story’s time in constant motion. For instance, they could spend the whole story in a moving vehicle. There are plenty of other ways to do it, too. (Just being on the Earth, which is spinning and moving around the sun, doesn’t count.)

Eligibility for On the Premises writing Contest

  • There is NO FEE for entering the contests.
  • There is no restriction on age
  • Any one can apply from anywhere in the world.

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Submission Guidelines

  • DO NOT put your name or contact information anywhere in the story itself. Judges don’t want to know who wrote a story while they evaluate it.
  • All stories must be based on the contest premise.
  • On The Premises uses Submittable to handle all submissions. When you submit your story, you’ll be given a way to create a FREE Submittable account if you don’t already have one.
    On The Premises accepts submissions in the following formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), plain text (.txt), and OpenOffice/NeoOffice (.odt).
  • They do not accept stories that have already been published in other magazines, blogs, or websites. Having a story distributed through an on-line criticism board or writer’s group so it can be critiqued as part of the writing process does not count as being published.
  • All short stories must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words long. Mini-contests are different; each one has its own word length requirements, but they usually ask for entries in the 25 to 75 word range.
  • One submission per author per contest.
  • Stories must be in English. A little bit of non-English is okay if the story needs it, but make sure people who don’t know that language can get a good sense of what’s being written.
  • No fan fiction and no pastiches, not even with public-domain characters like Dracula, Little Red Riding Hood, Sherlock Holmes, or Tom Sawyer.
  • On The Premises buys HTML, PDF, and ebook publication rights to your story. Current issues are published in HTML; back issues are published in PDF format and (someday, we hope) ebooks, which we consider a modern equivalent to PDF format. All other rights are retained by the author. Especially, all rights having to do with making more money from the published fiction are retained by the author.
  • GENRE RULES: No fiction aimed at readers younger than 12, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors. Other than that, we’ll take anything from the most super-realistic literary drama to crazy farces (real-world or otherwise) to any variant of science fiction or fantasy you can imagine. Read our past issues and you’ll see.
  • Deadline: FRIDAY, September 2, 2022.



  • First Position: 250$
  • Second Position: 200$
  • Third Position: 150$
  • Honorary Mention: 75$


Good Luck on this contest, if you wish to apply for more contests, then you should check for more call for submissions.

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