Each fall, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) hosts a short story contest, offering writers of all skill levels the chance to compete for more than just bragging rights. Finalists of the Fall Fiction Contest can win an SNHU scholarship, publication in The Penmen Review and a writing-themed prize package.
The contest is free to enter and open to everyone over the age of 18 and living in the U.S. All short stories that adhere to the guidelines, which includes a 1,500-word limit, is reviewed by a panel of creative writing faculty and scored on originality, thought process, structure and grammatical correctness.
The scores identify the top five stories, which are then posted anonymously for a public voting round. The number of votes is factored into the individual’s final score.
More than 500 short stories were received in the 4th annual Fall Fiction Contest, and after a month-long judging period, the top five winners were recognized:
You can learn more about the finalists, their writing and the judging panel in this post-contest announcement.
Prize packages are awarded in five tiers, and the contents vary each year. Here’s what the 2018 finalists received:
The Fall Fiction Contest has been recognizing writers both in and out of the SNHU community since 2015. To learn more about past contests and winners, take a look at the following articles: