2019 Short Story Terms and Conditions


Early-Bird Deadline: February 25, 2019

Standard deadline: November 10, 2019

  • Entry—$15

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM EST, on the specified date.


All entries must be made via email after posting the required entry fee. Nothing emailed will be returned.

Headline Writers assumes your entry is original and are the work and property of the entrant with all rights granted therein.

Therefore, Headline Writers is not liable in any way for any resulting copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

Headline Writers reserves the right to accept or reject any work at our discretion with no refund.

Winners will be notified as their entries are published. All winning payments will be made through Paypal/Venmo.

Non-winners will be notified at the end of each 10-week period their entry was placed in.

The submitter is who we refer to as the author and any contact or contest monies will be forwarded to should the author have a winning entry.

Entry fees must be paid online through Paypal/Venmo.

Currently, entries are accepted from all locations with the exception of Crimea, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.


Your entry must be written in English. It must be unpublished and not currently accepted by any online or traditional publisher at the time of submission.

Headline Writers retains a one-time nonexclusive publication right to all entries for online publication in addition to a one-time nonexclusive publication right to be published in Puget Sound Books 2019 edition of short stories. Authors retain copyright and ownership of their work.

Entries must be approximately 1250 words, give or take 100 words.

All entries must be fiction.

Your best chance of being chosen is to submit stories that appeal to a large audience – our readers. Consider this to include the most popular genres of fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and science fiction. More serious literary fiction is also appreciated.