On the Premises Magazine calls for its current short story writing contest
This contest is different from any they have done before. They are trying something new. If it works, they might do it again.
For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long based on the photograph below. For instance, specific details about the picture can inspire your story.
A second approach is to have the photo represent a location where at least part of your story takes place.
A third possibility is, one or more of your characters see a digital display, printout, painting, drawing, or other representation of the contents of the photo, and the image itself is somehow important to your story. Any of these approaches will work fine, as long as the judges can tell how the photo below relates to your story.
Learning how to write based on themes can aid your submissions. To learn, check out this article.
Submission Guidelines 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.
- No fiction aimed at readers younger than 12, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top gross-out horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of (or other uses of) well-known fictional worlds/characters created by other authors.
- Other than that, they will 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 their past issues to see more about their accepted submissions
- Learn about short story writing to improve your submissions.
- On The Premises magazine accepts submissions in the following formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), plain text (.txt), and OpenOffice/NeoOffice (.odt).
- If you have any questions, please write to [email protected].
- Submissions should be made through On the Premises Submittable page.
Deadline for On the Premises Writing Contest
11:59 PM Eastern US time, FRIDAY, September 1, 2023.