Southern New Hampshire University's third annual Fall Fiction Short Story Competition kicks off on Monday, Oct. 9. Writers can gain more than just bragging rights if their story is selected as a top-three finalist. They'll have an opportunity to be published in The Penmen Review, SNHU's online journal for creative writers and win up to $3,000 in SNHU scholarships, along with a writing-focused prize package.
The competition is open to everyone and there is no entry fee. Submissions can cover any theme or topic, as long as they're original, a work of fiction and no more than 1,500 words. The judging panel consists of SNHU faculty, staff, alumni and professional writers, along with a popular vote. Submissions open at 9 am EDT on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, and will close at 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Public voting begins on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 and runs through Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
Prize packages will be awarded in five tiers, with scholarships awarded to the top-three finishers in the fall fiction competition:
Short story submissions must be:
Failure to adhere to these guidelines will automatically remove submissions from consideration in the competition.
In submitting an entry, you are acknowledging that SNHU has the right to publish your entry and use your words, name and likeness in related marketing materials. Short stories meeting the above criteria may be submitted online through The Penmen Review submission page, beginning October 9, 2017.
The top five finalists will be announced on Nov. 15, 2017, and published on The Penmen Review for public voting. All winners will be chosen on the basis of judges' selection and public vote.
SNHU Fall Fiction Competition Guidelines may be found here.
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