Enter SNHU’s 2016 Fall Fiction Competition

1Calling all writers!

It’s your turn to shine. Enter your short story in Southern New Hampshire University’s second fall fiction competition. Along with the chance to promote your work, you’ll vie for an exciting array of prize packages chosen with the writing life in mind. Entries will be accepted, beginning at 9AM on Monday, November 7, 2016, until 11:59PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Prizes packages will be awarded in five tiers:

FIRST PRIZE:

  • $3,000 SNHU Scholarship (to be used for any online bachelor’s or master’s degree program)
  • “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 (39th Annual Edition)” by Rachel Randall
  • Autographed copy of “The Neverland Wars” by SNHU alumna Audrey Greathouse
  • Feature profile piece on SNHU website
  • Short story featured in The Penmen Review
  • Award plaque

SECOND PRIZE:

  • $2,000 SNHU Scholarship (to be used for any online bachelor’s or master’s degree program)
  • “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 (39th Annual Edition)” by Rachel Randall
  • Autographed copy of “The Neverland Wars” by SNHU alumna Audrey Greathouse
  • Short story featured in The Penmen Review
  • Award plaque

THIRD PRIZE:

  • $1,000 SNHU Scholarship (to be used for any online bachelor’s or master’s degree program)
  • “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 (39th Annual Edition)” by Rachel Randall
  • Autographed copy of “The Neverland Wars” by SNHU alumna Audrey Greathouse
  • Short story featured in The Penmen Review
  • Award plaque

FOURTH PRIZE:

  • “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 (39th Annual Edition)” by Rachel Randall
  • Autographed copy of “The Neverland Wars” by SNHU alumna Audrey Greathouse
  • Short story published in The Penmen Review

FIFTH PRIZE:

  • “Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017 (39th Annual Edition)” by Rachel Randall
  • Autographed copy of “The Neverland Wars” by SNHU alumna Audrey Greathouse
  • Short story published in The Penmen Review

Submit your entry through The Penmen Review. Short stories may be on any subject or theme and must be original work. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on originality, thought process, structure and grammatical correctness. SNHU reserves the right to reject any submission that does not adhere to contest guidelines as noted below.

Short story submissions must be:

  • Original work
  • Double-spaced
  • Submitted as a Word document
  • Formatted with the writer’s name and contact info at the top left of the page
  • Titled with FALL FICTION COMPETITION at the top left of the first page
  • No longer than 1,500 words

In submitting an entry, you are acknowledging that SNHU has the right to publish your entry and use your words, name and likeness in related marketing materials.

The top five submissions will be announced by December 15, 2016, and published on The Penmen Review for public voting. All winners will be chosen on the basis of judges’ selection and public vote. Access the complete list of rules and guidelines here.

Questions pertaining to the fall fiction competition may be emailed to: penmenreview@snhu.edu

Category: Competition, Short Story, SNHU Creative Writing, SNHU online creative writing

  • Garyrus

    VERY excited! Thanks for the awesome opportunity.

  • Derek Cummings

    I love this opportunity, but the 1,500 word limit is unreasonable to develop a story and characters.

  • Lisa Thomas

    I entered! I disagree that the word count is insufficient. A short story can have characters that are very dimensional!

    • Doug

      Definitely. It’s actually a bit more of a challenge to develop character and engage the reader. That’s what makes it fun.

  • Sydney Lewis Hayes

    Very excited about this opportunity! Counting down the days until they announce finalists!!