Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon


Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the first and last paragraph and the short story writer crafts the rest.

First prize is $1000, 2nd prize is $500, and 3rd prize is $250 with the winning short story published in an ebook short story anthology for Amazon, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. Twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this ebook anthology.


Anyone can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English

50 Paragraphs total – first & last provided on the Submittable.com entry form

No maximum word count, but each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words– this isn’t flash fiction so feel free to use as many words as you need to tell the story

No dialog in “quotes” just narrative and action, what the characters are doing, thinking, seeing, feeling, and even saying– as long as it’s paraphrased in prose (e.g., He asked if it was ok to look? Instead of “Is it ok to look?” he asked.)

All entrants must agree to the Terms of Use outlined on the Submittable entry form

Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified

Winners will be notified in August 2018

Check out the full guidelines here