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Post Apocalyptic Media’s 2nd Annual Short Story Writing Contest

Writing Contest

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Our short story writing contest has returned! Last year’s contest was such a hit with our readers that we couldn’t wait to do it again this year. And this year we’ve increased the grand prize money AND we have a special treat! Our top winners and other select entrants could be selected for a Post Apocalyptic Media anthology to be produced in 2023. Further details on that will be worked out after the contest is over and participation is optional.

Here are the basics: We’re looking for a short story (between 2k-5k words) within the post-apocalyptic genre. Your story can be fiction, non-fiction, past, present, or future, but it MUST take place after some sort of global catastrophe. Read along for complete rules and terms:

Writing ContestTerms and Conditions

  • No entry fee!
  • All submitted entries must be your own original work that has never been previously published.
  • Only short stories will be considered and they must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, written in English.
  • Entries must be within the post-apocalyptic genre.
  • All contest participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
  • One entry per person.
  • Open to anyone worldwide. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Employees of Post Apocalyptic Media are not eligible.
  • Winners and all entrants retain all publishing, copyright, and reprint rights to their story. Post Apocalyptic Media does not retain any ownership rights.
  • All judgments are final.
  • The contest begins on September 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on December 16, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. ET. Winners will be contacted through email and announced at the end of the year.

How to Enter

Send email to [email protected] with the following information:
Subject line: SHORT STORY SUBMISSION
Email body: The author’s name, story’s title
Attachment: Short story must be sent as an attachment in .pdf or .docx format

Only email submissions that follow these guidelines will be accepted

Prizes

Grand Prize:

  • $300 USD
  • Publication of story on postapocalyptic.com
  • Author interview at postapocalyptic.com (written or podcast)
  • Heavy promotion on our social media platforms
  • Inclusion in post-apocalyptic anthology

Second Place:

  • $100 USD
  • Publication of story on postapocalyptic.com
  • Heavy promotion on our social media platforms
  • Inclusion in post-apocalyptic anthology

Third Place:

  • Publication of story on postapocalyptic.com
  • Heavy promotion on our social media platforms
  • Inclusion in post-apocalyptic anthology

Still have questions? Head over to our Discord Channel to discuss the contest to your heart’s content: https://discord.gg/7r7sgweckx

Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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