Sunday, January 19, 2020

Literary Magazines with Themes--On the Premises

If you're looking for a short story contest with no entry free and quite good pay, try On the Premises.

As indicated by the title, this e-zine always has themes.  The current contest, running until March 6, is "More Than One."

"For this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words in which one or more characters face this problem:  there is more than one of something that there should absolutely, positively be only one of."

Sounds fun!


They also have mini contests between regular contests.  The mini contests require VERY short prose, and the themes are often quite interesting.  For example, in the fall I entered one about purposely bad world-building.  The results were quite fun.  You can read them here (including my winning entry): 

Melinda Brasher's fiction and travel writing appear most recently in Hippocampus, Deep Magic, and Twenty-Two Twenty-Eight.  Her newest non-fiction book, Hiking Alaska from Cruise Ports is available on Amazon.    

She loves hiking and taking photographs of nature's small miracles.  

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Terry Whalin said...


Thank you for this interesting article and the links. To be honest I have never been a reader of literary magazines and I don't enter contests--but your article got me interested enough to think about it. Well-done.

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Karen Cioffi said...

Melissa, thanks for the tip on this writing contest. I've entered book contests, but never a short story.

deborah lyn said...

Thank you Melinda! I'm grateful to know about this e-zine (I bookmarked it).
It's inspiring. Maybe this is the way for me to enter contest like Carolyn has been encouraging.
Congrats on your win and thanks for sharing!

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