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We offer $10 per Short Story (submissions between 1500 and 5000 words), payable via PayPal. We do not currently pay for Flash Fiction (submissions under 1500 words), bragging rights however, are priceless, and we encourage you to exercise yours.

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Publishing now:

  • As inspired by Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • Not all three ‘spirits’ need be included, but at least one should be part of the story

Submissions for this prompt closed on November 27th.


To be published January 2016:

  • Flu season
  • Being sick sucks, and being the healthy one in a household of sickies is even worse, though being a paranoid germaphobe in flu season is unbearable
  • No real guidelines here, just get creative

You should submit your story by December 28th 2015


To be published February 2016:

  • The best break-up ever
  • Humor, horror, or utter psycho extremes please!

You should submit your story by January 28th 2016


To be published March 2016:

  • Mistaken identity
  • The instance and consequences of the mistaken identity should be central to the story

You should submit your story by February 25th 2016


To be published April 2016:

  • As inspired by, the Gift of the Magi
  • Stories featuring romantic partners are welcome, but stories with other duos are preferred

You should submit your story by March 28th 2016


To be published May 2016:

  • Dear Diary
  • Diary entries should factor heavily in your story, but if your piece is all diary entries, please be sure that those entries tell a coherent story

You should submit your story by April 27th 2016


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  • All perspectives are welcome unless the prompt specifies which one we’re looking for e.g. Second person perspective preferred.
  • Unless specified, we are also open to all tenses, character gender, etc. You’re encouraged to explore.
  • Unless specified all genres are welcome except erotica. A haunted house doesn’t have to be a horror story, in fact a haunted house could simply refer to a memory or a family that has endured a tragedy. Zombie tales can be hilarious, and the word ‘zombie’ could refer to any number of things. Mysteries can find their way into any situation. Be creative, push your boundaries, have fun, write great stories.
  • We are pretty flexible with regard to story length, but please make an attempt toward reason.

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