Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Meryton Press Short-story Contest!!!

Hey Everyone!! I'm so excited to be part of this fantastic announcement! Meryton Press is having this awesome short story contest!! Check out the information below! 

Meryton Press Short Story Contest
Summer Lovin’

BEGINS9:00 a.m. Feb 1, 2015 (US Pacific time)
ENDS11:59 p.m. March 15, 2015 (US Pacific Time)

Meryton Press is conducting a contest to find the best short stories.

The theme of the contest, “Summer Lovin’,” represents the summer season. The interpretation of the theme is left to the writer’s imagination; the story may have summer as a backdrop or may convey a sense of happiness and light. It might be a romantic comedy set in the South Pacific, a thriller in the everglades of Florida, a romance in Queen Victoria’s summer court, an ode to the ocean and Elizabeth Bennet, or a mail -order bride in the Old West—anything your summer muse suggests.

Any genre is acceptable as long as there is ROMANCE. Austenesque is a plus, but is not required. In other words, so long as there is a commonly accepted or acceptable interpretation of the theme embedded in the plot, it works for us. However, this contest is not for children’s stories. Our target audience is readers over 18 years old.

The contest will be judged by a panel of independent judges, and the results will be announced by mid-April 2015.

A long list of entries will be selected for final judging by a panel of expert editors and reviewers. The long list will consist of at least eight quality entries. All entries on the long list will receive a letter with constructive criticism on how the story could have been improved. Four winners will be selected from the long list and will be awarded prizes as detailed in the guidelines below (see “Contest Prizes”).

In addition, all four winning entries will be published in an anthology planned for early summer 2015. The anthology will include not only the four winners but stories from Meryton Press’ popular and award-winning authors.

Contest Prizes: Prizes will be awarded as below. Payment will be through PayPal.

First Prize:
  • US $150
  • Professional editing of entry
  • Blog tour inclusion
  • Priority submission of a longer work
  • Four copies of published anthology

Runners up:
  • US $100
  • Professional editing of entry
  • Publication in the anthology
  • Two copies of published anthology

*Download the PDF file for detailed guidelines and rules at merytonpress.com/anthology.

*To receive email updates about this contest, sign up for the Anthology Contest Updates mailing list at merytonpress.com/mailing-list.


  1. I couldn't get this post in on our blog because of our blog event so I figured I'd just share yours. ;)

  2. I love anthologies and hope this will encourage new writers to strike out on a new adventure and share their stories with others. How cool this is!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Candy.

    1. Hi Joy! Yes, this is very cool! I hope they get lots of entries!


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