Dates: Contest opened on 01Jan17, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar17. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun17.


Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:

  1. First Prize:      US$250 
  2. Second Prize: US$150 
  3. Third Prize:     US$100


All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest two such prizes of US$75 each were declared). 


Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and apart from literary fiction we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team. 


Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.


Entry fee: US$10.


Judges: The panel of judges comprises: 


  • Clare Wallace, Literary Agent with Darley Anderson
  • Sandra Sawicka, Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Manager with Marjacq Scripts
  • Brett Alan Sanders, Author, Translator and Essayist


  • Anisha Bhaduri, Author and award winning journalist

 Detailed guidelines are available on our website

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