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.