Shore loves short stories and the creativity that can be expressed through fiction alone. To encourage storytellers, we would like to choose a winning entry to run in the online-exclusive February issue of the magazine. We believe that storytelling is an art form which should be encouraged and cultivated.
What is the time frame?
Short stories will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2013 through Jan. 15, 2014. Our judges will begin reading the stories right away, so don't hold back. Submit your story as soon as possible.
What kind of stories are you looking for?
Short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words are eligible, which must be the original work of the author. There are no set guidelines on subject matter. Entries may have been published or have won prizes before, as long as the author owns the publication rights.
When will the stories be published?
First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150. Judges may decide to give honorable mentions or award other prizes. The winners will be published beginning with the February online-exclusive issue of Shore magazine and on visitshoremagazine.com. The stories will also be published on nwi.com, the leading news website in the Northwest Indiana region, with 8 million viewers monthly.
What is the fee for entering the contest?
The reading fee for each story is $25. Writers can submit as many stories as they like.
How do I submit a story?
Stories may be submitted online using a credit card, or by mail with a check or money order attached to a manuscript. Please use a minimum 12 pt. font when submitting stories in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. Send manuscripts to:
Short Story Contest
601 W. 45th Ave
Munster, IN 46321
Or go to nwi.com/shorecontest and follow the guidelines for electronic submission.