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CANCELLED 2020 Annual Short Story Contest. Member Only.

  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • 11:59 PM
  • Rancho Mirage Public Library. Registration opens March 15, 2019.


Members only. Registration opens on March 15, 2020. Members must login to enable story registration. Online payments only.

CANCELLED 2020 Annual Short Story Contest has been cancelled. keep writing and massaging what you had planned to submit for next year.

2020 Annual Short Story Contest

1st place: $300
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100

The short stories are judged on plot, setting, character development, use of dialogue, and mechanics. 

  Enter submissions starting March 15, 2020


Contest is open to current PSWG Members only

Not a member? Become a member!

Membership fee must be received prior to contest submission.

Judge Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and has been short listed for several other prizes. Translations are on the shelves or forthcoming in French, Turkish, and Arabic. Her short fiction has been published widely and won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at: sharonbala.com

        Entry Fee: $25.00 per story

Entry Rules:

 All members must login to enable registration and complete the online contest entry form.

Contest Entry: $25.00 

Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment. Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.

  • All entries must be formatted as WORD documents, double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Manuscripts must have 1 inch margins.
  • Entry word count should not exceed 2,500 words.
  • Title of manuscript must appear in each page header.
  • Pages must be numbered in lower right hand corner.
  • All manuscripts must be original, unpublished work.
  • Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on manuscript.
  • Submissions must be an original, unpublished (print or electronic) written work and a non-previous prize winner.
  • Contest Entry Fee payments via PayPal or Guest of PayPal must be paid at time of completing Contest Entry Form. 

Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.

At contest conclusion, submissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.

How to fill out online registration:

Step 1: To enable registration, please be sure you have successfully logged in with your email and password.

Step 2: Click "Register" button, fill out online entry form and follow prompts for payment. Credit card payment is available and is immediate.

Step 3: After payment is processed, an automatic email will be sent to you with instructions for electronic (email) submission.

Contest Prize List for Annual Short Story Contest:

  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $100
For questions regarding this contest please email Kathy Weyer kathy.weyer@att.net

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