May 14 Deadline for Fiction500 Contest

Contest Writing Prompt
Contest Writing Prompt

The entry fee is $12, the window for submission is May 1-14, and the first prize is $500.

The Fiction500 contest is sponsored by the not-for-profit Fiction500 Foundation (status pending) in San Diego, California. According to its website, the contest was inspired by the Three-Minute Fiction Writing Contest that National Public Radio began in 2009.

Here’s the basic information about the contest as outlined by Executive Director Mark Drozda:

    • Writers submit an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words, based on our prompt.
    • We accept only 500 entries.
    • Faculty from the country’s top MFA Creative Writing Programs judge the contest
    • The winning author receives $500 cash.
    • Second-place author receives $200, and third-place author receives $100.
    • We publish winning stories (and honorable mentions) on our website.
    • At the end of the year, we e-publish an anthology of the year’s winners for the Kindle, Nook and iPad.

For complete details, visit their website.

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By Maeve Maddox

Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

2 comments

  1. Susan,
    That was my first question before running the information. I was not able to find out anything beyond what is mentioned in the “About” section of their site. It doesn’t seem to be particularly fishy, and a lot of other writing sites are promoting it. I’m just passing on the information. As always, Caveat Emptor: let the buyer beware.

  2. Just wondering how legit this is, as this month’s contest seems to be the first ever?

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