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Small Bites Short Story

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Accepting submissions from November 1, 2023 until January 31, 2024

Entry Fee: $25

Open to all authors, including first-time authors, around the world. We are accepting original short stories of 5000 words or less, written in English that have not been previously published.

We are accepting the following genres:

  • Narrative Fiction

  • Historical Fiction

  • Suspense/Thrillers

  • Science Fiction

  • Dystopian

  • Steampunk

  • Fantasy

  • Urban Fantasy

  • Mystery

  • Paranormal

*** Grand Prize winner will be selected from 1st place winners in each genre ***

Submit your short story for this exciting opportunity and have it considered for cash prizes, awards, inclusion in the Small Bites anthology, a publishing contract with Indies United, literary exposure and an invitation to the Awards Gala and Weekend Author Retreat in May 2024 in Ursa, IL. 

 

When submitting your short story:

  • Only one story submission per author

  • Must be publishing ready – No rough drafts

  • Must be in PDF format

  • No information that would identify the author within the PDF

  • PDF file name should be set up as follows: Last Name, First Name – Story Title – Genre

  • Payment must be made at the time of submission

Winners will be notified in March 2024. We wish you success with your submission.

AWARDS:

 

Grand Prize Winner Receives:

  • An invitation to join Indies United Publishing House

  • Their short story listed first in an anthology published by Indies United

    • The book will be registered with the Library of Congress [all authors will be annotated in the anthology with the Library of Congress upon registry]

    • One free print copy of the anthology

  • Invitation to our Writer’s Retreat Weekend and Awards Dinner in May 2024

    • If the author attends the retreat they will;

      • receive their award in person during the Awards Dinner

      • all fees for attendance will be waived [does not include lodging or travel expenses]

  • Digital award medallion and a downloadable PDF award certificate

  • Cash Award [TBA]

 

First Place Winner in Genre Receives:

  • Invitation to join Indies United Publishing House

  • Short story published in an anthology by Indies United

    • The book will be registered with the Library of Congress [all authors will be annotated in the anthology with the Library of Congress upon registry]

    • One free print copy of the anthology

  • Invitation to our Writer’s Retreat Weekend and Awards Dinner in May 2024

    • If author attends the retreat, they will receive their award certificate in person

  • Digital award medallion and a downloadable PDF award certificate

  • Cash Award [TBA]

 

Second Place Winner in Genre Receives:

  • Invitation to our Writer’s Retreat Weekend and Awards Dinner in May 2024

    • If author attends the Awards Dinner, they will receive their award certificate in person

  • Digital award medallion and a downloadable PDF award certificate

***All Cash Awards are subject to the number of submissions.

Amount to be announced in the awards notification email.***

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