The Sea Scribblers Short Story Contest


Hello to all my wonderful readers!  Today is a very special day–myself and a couple of blog friends have been working for a while on a special surprise, and today I am excited to announce that I am hosting a joint short story contest with Schuyler McConkey of My Lady Bibliophile and Annie Hawthorne of The Curious Wren!

The Challenge: To write a short story, 3,000 words or less, using one or a combination of all three photo prompts from our blogs, with a clever incorporation of a winter or Christmas theme.   You will then send it to seascribblerscontest[at]gmail[dot]com no later than December 12th.

Ready to jump in?

My photo prompt is below:


To check out the other prompts, please visit Schuyler and Annie‘s sites.

And now for the rules (and better yet!) the prizes:

Contest Rules 

  1. All entries must be submitted to seascribblerscontest[at]gmail[dot]com by December 12, 2015, midnight EST. Files should be .doc files.
  2. Entries should be no more than 3,000 words. There is no minimum word requirement. Entries must use one of the photo prompts provided, and contain a Christmas or winter theme. Contestants may submit up to three seperate entries, but only one entry can win.
  3. Email subject line should read “Entry for 2015 SEA Scribblers Short Story Contest” and should not contain your story title.
  4. Entries should be in Times New Roman, size 12 font.
  5. Entries will be judged for creative use of the photo prompt, style, and grammar.
  6. No language or explicit sex, please.
  7. Judges for the contest are Annie Hawthorne, Emily Hayse, and Schuyler McConkey.
  8. Winners will be notified by email and announced online on Saturday, December 19th.
  9. The final entry will be posted on the judges’ blogs. All stories remain the property of their owners, but may be used for promotional purposes in connection with the contest.
  10. The Art of War for Writers will be shipped to contestants outside the US. However, the bookmark will only be shipped to US entries, and if a person outside the US wins second place, a digital prize will be substituted.

Prize List

  1. First place winner will receive a paperback copy of The Art of War for Writers, by James Scott Bell and a digital copy of The Rakshasa’s Bride, by Suzannah Rowntree.
  2. Second place winner will receive a digital anthology of short stories by Annie, Emily, and Schuyler, as well as a bookmark.
  3. Third place winner will receive a $10 giftcard to The Book Depository.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at seascribblerscontest[at]gmail[dot]com.

I look forward to reading your entries!

13 thoughts on “The Sea Scribblers Short Story Contest

  1. Breaking my blogging break to say, oh my word! I’m so tempted to enter this contest! I think, if I work super hard with my studies, I might award myself and try to write something over one weekend and see if can submit it!

    Also the awards are fantastic! I think 2nd place winner would be the luckiest, just sayin’ ;). Also it’s so sweet that you three ladies are hosting this together. Hurrah, for the Sea Scribblers!

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    1. Oh my! I would love it if you could join! I’ve never gotten to read any fiction of yours. 🙂

      My sister was telling me she thought 2nd prize looked the best too…oh well! There will be a silver lining to whoever gets second I guess. 😉

      YES. I am so thankful that we can host it together. I’ll tell you right now, I don’t think I could handle it alone at this point, and it is such a lovely friendship experience.

      Hope your studying goes well and you can join! 😀


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  2. #mostexcitingthingever

    Can’t wait to get started. ^_^ *laughs gleefully* I can’t wait to get started–probably I’ll write most of mine after the Big Event in a couple weeks, but then…*ducks from the barrage of plot bunnies*

    Thank-you to all three of you for putting this together. ❤ :hugs:

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    1. Eek! I love your little hashtag!

      Yes, my dear, don’t take time away from your Big Event, of course! I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

      You are very welcome, my dear. I think we all totally enjoyed ourselves putting this together. 🙂



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