Blackwater press Short Story Contest

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Blackwater Press is pleased to announce its first short story contest!

Our theme is our Blackwater Press logo. 

We accept short stories only (maximum 10,000 words, minimum 1000). Entrants may approach the theme however they wish. What sort of bird is the Blackwater bird? Where is the Blackwater bird going? What are its problems? Where does it live? To whom does it answer? Has someone metamorphosed like poor Gregor Samsa? Wherever your inspiration takes you, we want to read it.

The winning entry (as judged by the editors at Blackwater) will receive $150, with two runners up receiving $50. In addition, we will publish the top ten entries in a short story collection in 2021, with all winners receiving two free copies. 

How to enter:

The entry fee is $5, which can be sent using the button at the bottom of the page. Please send your entry as a Word document to with 'Short Story Contest' in the subject.  Remember, only once we have received your payment will your entry be confirmed. Entries should be double-spaced with an easy-to-read font. We accept American and British spellings and usage. Include a brief bio in the email, and title the document with your last name-short story (e.g, Bupp-short-story.docx). 


Deadline is midnight on January 31, 2021. Winners will be notified in March (barring any extraordinary circumstances). Good luck! 

Enormous thanks to our sponsors for making this contest possible:




And for their competition listings, thanks to

Almond Press (

Christopher Fielden (

Writers HQ (

Writers Reign (



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