Inspiring Fiction Short Story Contest

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Embrace the power of imagination and creativity in our special short story contest, ‘Freedom’. We invite you to explore the theme of freedom through the genres of crime, speculative, and fantasy fiction. Whether you delve into the depths of a dystopian cityscape, uncover the secrets of a magical realm, or navigate the intricacies of a criminal underworld, let your imagination run wild as you craft a tale that explores the timeless quest for liberation and the pursuit of freedom.


Submit your most thrilling and thought-provoking short stories to our special contest, with the winner and shortlisted entries published in our special bumper issue coming out this autumn. This will be a crossover of Tangled Web Magazine and Mirk Fantasy Magazine, and it will showcase the very best of Inspiring Fiction. 


The quest for freedom awaits—are you ready to answer the call?


Entries must be received by 31st July, 2024

Contest guidelines


Word count: 1,000 to 2,500

Simultaneous submissions: Yes

Multiple submissions: Yes. An entry fee must be paid for each story.

Format: Double spaced and in Times New Roman 12pt. 

Identifying information: Please do not include any identifying information in the document, but you should save the document as STORY TITLE.

Payment: The winner of each contest is awarded £100.

Entry fee: £5

Bios and Headshots: Include a third-person bio up to 100 words. If you would like your photo printed beside your story, then please include a headshot with your submission. 

Response times: We respond to all submissions within one month after the contest deadline. 


Contract: We ask for exclusive first publication rights and archival rights. On publication, rights revert to you. That means you can publish your story elsewhere immediately. All we ask is you credit Mirk Fantasy Magazine as the first home for your story.


This also means you can ask us to remove your story from our website at any point if it helps you sell it elsewhere. 




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