Every Friday, Reedsy sends a newsletter that includes five themed writing prompts. Those five prompts will also appear at the top of our Reedsy Prompts page. Writers have one week (until the following Friday), to submit a story based on one of our prompts. Each week, we pick a winner to be featured on our blog and win $50. Sign up here to participate in the contest.

Read our contest's full Terms of Use here.

How do I submit a story?

To submit your story, please follow these steps:
Sign up for a free Reedsy Prompts account;
Select one of this week’s five prompts from the top of the page; and
Enter your title and story, and then hit “Submit story.”

Is there an entry fee?
No, this contest is free to join!

What is the deadline to submit a story?
Five new prompts go out every Friday. The deadline for submissions in response to those prompts is the following Friday at 11:59 pm EST.

Who is eligible to participate in the contest?
The award is open to all writers over the age of 18. Submitted stories must be unpublished and written in English.

What are the word count limits for submissions?
Unless otherwise specified, the short story must be between 1,000 – 3,000 words.

Are there any restrictions about the type of content the story can include?
Stories may contain mature themes and language. However, stories containing large amounts of graphic or explicit language will not be considered for publication on our blog.

Can authors submit more than one story per week?
Authors can submit as many stories as they want, for as many different prompts as they’d like.

Can authors continue to participate in the contest after they win?
Authors who win the contest are welcome to continue submitting, and are eligible to win the contest multiple times.

Can a story reference more than one prompt at a time?
Yes, you can incorporate as many of the prompts as you’d like.

Can I submit my story elsewhere if it wins?
When authors submit a story, they retain the copyright, but they grant Reedsy a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide, royalty-free license to store, publish, and otherwise use the entry on any platforms, in accordance with our Terms of Use.

After you submit your story, you may still publish the story elsewhere, but the publication must include:

The relevant prompt; and
Acknowledgment to Reedsy.com for providing the prompt that inspired the story.

This acknowledgment should be in the form of a mention, and in the case of a digital publication, a “dofollow” link back to https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts.

What is the award?
$50 USD (to be paid via PayPal) and publication on our Reedsy Prompts page[[a]](https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/faq).

Who judges the short stories and picks the weekly winner?
The Reedsy Team.
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