Up for a challenge? Enter Lucent Dreaming’s first Short Story Contest! [CLOSED]

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You said you wanted to write more this year. You said you’d enter more contests. Maybe you decided you wanted to publish more short stories in 2018. There’s no doubt about it: this is your opportunity. From now until March 11th 2018 we’re hosting our first ever short story contest and you’re invited. It’s free to enter and we’re open to virtually any short story between 1500 and 2000 words. Bookmark this post and challenge your friends too!


You can download the full set of rules as a PDF or keep scrolling for all the information you need.



• Your story must be between 1500 and 2000 words.
• We accept previously unpublished work only.
• You must be 18+ to enter.
• Your story must be written by you.
• You must submit your entry through our submissions form as a document file.
• We only allow ONE entry per round and you cannot resubmit or edit your entry after it has been submitted.
• We are open for entries for one month from February 6th to March 11th 2018 at 23:59 GMT.
Any entries that don’t follow these rules will be automatically disqualified.



(Awarded if we receive 10 or more qualifying submissions)

1st Prize
£25 or $30 Amazon gift card, your story published on our website, and a coveted Lucent Dreaming badge!

2nd Prize
£10 or $15 Amazon gift card, your story published on our website.



Go to Tinyurl.com/LucentContest and fill out our submissions form. You must have a Gmail account to enter!*



Your story will be judged on its premise; the quality of writing; whether we feel for your character and your story’s overall coherence. We will announce the winners of the contest three weeks after the contest ends.  Our preferred genres include anything surreal or speculative, but we enjoy anything that makes us think about, care and feel for your characters and your story!



*If you can’t submit through our Google form or don’t have a Gmail account, attach your .doc or .docx file with your word count, pen name and submission title to lucentdreaming@outlook.com by the deadline with the subject ‘LD Contest’. 1. Our prizes are only awarded if we have 10 or more qualifying submissions. 2. We’ll disqualify stories that don’t follow our rules, are offensive or otherwise inappropriate. 3. We can’t accept stories not written in English. 4. By submitting to the contest, you agree that if you win, you allow us to publish your story on our website. 5. We’ll use your email address to contact you regarding your contest entry.


Follow us on Twitter @LucentDreaming and don’t forget to bookmark this post! Happy writing and good luck!

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