Ended Contests


  • Valentine's Day 2017 Short Story Contest

    Valentine's Day 2017 Short Story Contest

    Theme:

    "From the Bottom of my Heart"

    Prompt:

    "From the Bottom of my Heart" is something we say when we want to convey sincere feelings of love and affection. But who's to say that love is the only thing lurking in our darkest depths? What's really at the bottom of our hearts?
    It's almost Valentine's Day. Write a story about love or its imitations.

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on February 5th and entries will be closed on February 18th. Voting will continue until the contest's end on February 28st. All times are in PST. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first. In the event of a tie, the story that was submitted first wins the tie.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and fans so they can vote too.

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • January 2017 Short Story Contest

    January 2017 Short Story Contest

    ***The entry deadline has been extended to January 25th!***

    Theme:

    "Resolutions, Resolved"

    Prompt:

    It's the start of a new year, and that means New Years Resolutions! But our resolutions don't always go as planned and sometimes we end up back at square one, or even worse! Write a story about a resolution and its consequences, intended or otherwise.

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on January 7th and entries will be closed on January 25th. Voting will continue until the contest's end on January 31st. All times are in PST. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first. In the event of a tie, the story that was submitted first wins the tie.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and fans so they can vote too.

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • December 2016 Short Story Contest

    December 2016 Short Story Contest

    Theme:

    "Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery"

    Prompt:

    There is an intense anticipation you feel when you are waiting for something to arrive, whether it is a package, a report card, or family member coming to visit. What does your character experience during that period of waiting? What is being delivered? Who is receiving and who is delivering?

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on December 4th and entries will be closed on December 21st. Voting will continue until the contest's end on December 31st. All times are in UTC. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first. In the event of a tie, the story that was submitted first wins the tie.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and fans so they can vote too.

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • November 2016 Short Story Contest

    November 2016 Short Story Contest

    Theme:

    "Spoilers!"

    Prompt:

    Knowing things that haven't happened yet could be a life-saver — or it could make life even more dangerous. What happens when your character is offered this forbidden knowledge? Do they accept it greedily? Or do they do everything in their power to keep the future from getting spoiled?

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be somehow related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on November 4th and entries will be closed on November 21st. Voting will continue until the contest's end on November 30th. All times are in UTC. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first. In the event of a tie, the story that was submitted first wins the tie.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and followers so they can vote too. Just remind them to check out the competition as well!"

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • Halloween 2016 Short Story Contest

    Halloween 2016 Short Story Contest

    Theme:

    "Accidental Monster"

    Prompt:

    Your character finds that—through no fault of their own—they have become a monster. How do they react to this discovery and do they try to change things back?

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be somehow related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on October 5th and entries will be closed on October 24th. Voting will continue until the contest's end on October 31st. All times are in UTC. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and followers so they can vote too. Just remind them to check out the competition as well!"

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • King for a Day Contest

    King for a Day Contest

    Theme:

    "King for a Day"

    Prompt:

    Through strange circumstances your character gets put in charge of their community temporarily. What do they do with this newfound power?

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be somehow related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on September 5th and entries will be closed on September 23rd. Voting will continue until the contest's end on September 30th. All times are in UTC. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and followers so they can vote too. Just remind them to check out the competition as well!"

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • World's End Short Story Contest

    World's End Short Story Contest

    ***The contest has been extended to August 31st to allow more time for voting!***

    Theme:

    "The End of the World"

    Prompt:

    The end of the world is in two minutes, and you (or your protagonist) just remembered something very important.

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be somehow related to the contest’s prompt above
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on August 1st and ends on August 22nd. All times are in UTC. The stories will be judged by your fellow Upliterate users on the following criteria: The Story's Theme, Craft, and Impact. The voters will rank the story according to each criteria on a scale from 1 to 10. The sum of each of these rankings will be the entry's total score and the entry with the highest score comes in first.

    You can only vote for a story once, but we encourage you to share your entries with friends and followers so they can vote too. Just remind them to check out the competition as well!"

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.


  • Summer Short-Story Contest 2016

    Summer Short-Story Contest 2016

    *** UPDATE: Contest deadline extended to June 16th! ***

    Theme:

    "Refresh Button"

    Summer is often a time of rest and relaxation. It can also be a time to reinvent yourself anew. Put these ideas together and you get the theme of our first Summer contest: the Refresh Button!

    To enter the contest, follow the checklist below. You’ll need an Upliterate.com user account first. From there, you can upload your short story and submit it with the link below.

    The requirements for the story are:

    • Minimum of 1,000 words
    • Maximum of 5,000 words
    • Must be somehow related to the contest’s theme, “Refresh Button”
    • Must be kept PG-13 or under

    The contest begins on May 16 and ends on June 16. The stories will be judged by a panel of Upliterate team members based on three criteria: Topicality (how closely it follows the theme), Style, and overall Storytelling.

    The first-place prizes are:

    • A $50 Amazon.com gift card
    • A copy of On Writing by Stephen King
    • The winning story featured on Upliterate’s homepage and shared on our Social Media
    • An author interview for the Upliterate blog

    Second and third places will also be featured on our homepage and Social media.