Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Summer Lovin' Short Story Contest

I bet you have been hearing the buzz about a short story contest that is sponsored by Meryton Press, BUT if you have not...please read the information below. This is such exciting news! I hope that many of the people thinking about writing will take the leap and join in the 'Summer Lovin' ' fun!  There are links provided for all the contest rules so check them out and start writing!!! 

Meryton Press Short Story Contest
Summer Lovin’

BEGINS 9:00 a.m. Feb. 1, 2015 (US Pacific time)

ENDS11:59 P.M. March 15, 2015 (US Pacific Time)

Meryton Press is conducting a contest to find the best short stories.

The theme of the contest, “Summer Lovin’,” represents the summer
season. The interpretation of the theme is left to the writer’s imagination; the story may have summer as a backdrop or may convey a sense of happiness and light. It might be a romantic comedy set in the South Pacific, a thriller in the everglades of Florida, a romance in Queen Victoria’s summer court, an ode to the ocean and Elizabeth Bennet, or a mail-order bride in the Old West―anything your summer muse suggests.

Any genre is acceptable as long as there is ROMANCE. Austenesque is a plus, but is not required. In other words, so long as there is a commonly accepted or acceptable interpretation of the theme embedded in the plot, it works for us. However, this contest is not for children’s stories. Our target audience is readers over 18 years old.

The contest will be judged by a panel of independent judges, and the results will be announced by mid-April 2015.

A long list of entries will be selected for final judging by a panel of expert editors and reviewers. The long list will consist of at least eight quality entries. All entries on the long list will receive a letter with constructive criticism on how the story could have been improved. Four winners will be selected from the long list and will be awarded prizes as detailed in the guidelines below (see “Contest Prizes”).

In addition, all four winning entries will be published in an anthology planned for early summer 2015. The anthology will include not only the four winners but stories from Meryton Press’ popular and award-winning authors.

Contest Prizes: Prizes will be awarded as below. Payment will be through PayPal.

ₒ      First Prize:           
                     •    US$150
                                                        •    Professional editing of entry
                                                        •    Blog tour inclusion
                                                        •    Priority submission of a longer work
                                                        •    Four copies of published anthology

                 ₒ       Runners up:

                                                        •    US$100
                                                        •    Professional editing of entry
                                                        •    Publication in the anthology 
                                                        •    Two copies of published anthology
           *Download the PDF file for detailed guidelines and rules or visit merytonpress.com/anthology

*To receive email updates about this contest, sign up for the Anthology Contest Updates mailing list at merytonpress.com/mailing-list.


Doesn't this sound like fun. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the finished product. Sometimes a book of short stories is just what I want. I may not have the time to read a full length novel but want my reading 'fix'! This sounds like an ideal way to take care of that 'fix'...popular published authors and new ones too! Good luck to all who enter.                 


  1. What a terrific thing to do where both writers and readers will benefit. I love an anthology and hope that this will encourage the timid and meek of heart to boldly go where no man has ever... sorry, I think that line has already been done before. Anyway, what a joy it will be to be introduced in this manner to new writers and to short stories from authors that we already love. Yippee Meryton Press!

  2. How exciting! I love the idea of encouraging creativity like this.