We’ve got a great writing contest starting January 7, 2019. The theme is Fishy Ocean Tales. Submit your story of no more than 2000 words before March 31, 2019 and you will be eligible for some great prizes, including discounts on the Rebooting Your Muse Writers’ Retreat and your story published in an anthology currently titled “Fishy Ocean Tales.”

Short Story Contest/Subject/Genre

The genre for this contest is wide open. It can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction. The only requirement is the story must involve an ocean, any ocean, anywhere, and be somewhat unbelievable. You must suspend disbelief, and have the reader wonder if it could possibly be true. Some call it fishy, some call it a tall tale, other call it a fable or yarn. Call it what you will, just make sure it is entertaining. Good Luck!

Entry Fee is $28 US.

Prizes

Total Value of Prizes is $2500

First Prize: Total prize worth $1375

  • $500 off the price of the Reboot Your Muse* retreat in Sooke, BC, May 17 to 20, 2019
  • 3 – ½ hour coaching sessions with writing coach, author and editor, Darcy Nybo
  • 1 hour one-on-one with best-selling author Jonas Saul – via phone or online
  • Edit of the first three pages of a manuscript of the winners choosing, by Jonas Saul
  • Edit of the next three pages by Darcy Nybo
  • Inclusion into the “Fishy Ocean Tales” short story collection and one copy of the book

Second Prize: Total Prize worth $750

  • $300 off the price of the Reboot Your Muse* retreat in Sooke, BC, May 17 to 20
  • 2 – ½ hour coaching sessions with writing coach, author and editor, Darcy Nybo
  • Edit of the first three pages of a manuscript of the winners choosing, by Jonas Saul
  • Edit of the next three pages by Darcy Nybo
  • Inclusion into the “Fishy Ocean Tales” short story collection and one copy of the book

Third Prize: Total Prize worth $375

  • $100 off the price of the Reboot Your Muse* retreat in Sooke, BC, May 17 to 20
  • 1 – ½ hour coaching sessions with writing coach, author and editor, Darcy Nybo
  • Edit of the first two pages of a manuscript of the winners choosing, by Jonas Saul
  • Edit of the next two pages by Darcy Nybo
  • Inclusion into the “Fishy Ocean Tales” short story collection and one copy of the book

10 Honourable Mentions:

  • Inclusion into the “Fishy Ocean Tales” short story collection
  • One copy of the book

Note: * In the unlikely event that the retreat is cancelled, the equivalent dollar value will be given to the winners in writing coaching sessions and/or editing services. Winners who have already signed up for the retreat will have their prize portion refunded to them.


PRIZES MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED. ONLY THE ENTRANT MAY CLAIM THE PRIZE AND MAKE USE OF THE PRIZES GIVEN.

Enter Short Story Contest. Each entry requires a fee of $28 to be eligible for prizes.

You can download the full Rules and Regulations here SSOcean2019 Contest Rules and Agreement. Please read them before submitting your story,