Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 8, 2012

No Fee Short Story Writing Contest

Christine Joelle McIntyre is an illustrator and mural painter in Harmony, Rhode Island.  Christine received her BFA from UMass Dartmouth and has been a full time artist since 2003.  Her illustration work is currently produced on home decorating items and jigsaw puzzles.  She works in Acryl gouache and acrylic on board.  Christine’s work can be see at

At-A-Glance: Short Story Contest

AndWeWereHungry is delighted to announce that Gregory Colbert, the artist and nature advocate behind “Ashes and Snow” (the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history), is sponsoring our inaugural short story contest.

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is now open for submissions!The Flying Elephants Short Story Prizeis meant to showcase the work of outstanding short story writers who have not yet published a novel or short story collection. Four winning short story writers will share a $5000 cash prize. The online submissions deadline is Friday Nov. 30, 2012 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced in Winter 2013 and the winning short stories will be published in our inaugural issue here on this website.

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize Guidelines-at-a-Glance

  • Short Story Length: No length restrictions, but longer manuscripts (8,000—10,000 words) or shorter manuscripts (less than 2,000 words) will have to be truly exceptional to be shortlisted.
  • Entry Fee: None.
  • Eligibility: Writers must 18-years of age or older, and short stories must be original and previously unpublished.
  • Theme: “AndWeWereHungry. . . .”
  • *Top Prize Theme: “AndWeWereHungry for Nature.” (*Grand prize reserved for the story that connect the theme with nature.)
  • Entry Instructions: A writer may submit only one story. Although simultaneous submissions are accepted, entrants must immediately notify AndWeWereHungry if the piece is accepted elsewhere. An excerpt from a novel in progress must stand alone as a short story.
  • How to Submit: Online submissions here only.
  • Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2012, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Prize: Total prize fund $5.000 USD. One writer will receive $2,000, three writers will each receive $1,000 and eight writers will be shortlisted. All will be published in our inaugural issue.

If you have any questions regarding AndWeWereHungry’s Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, the contest’s complete terms and conditions can be found here.

More on our submission theme can be found here.

If you are ready to submit your short story, you can access our general submission guidelines and submit your work via our online submissions manager here.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What an absolutely GORgeous illustration! 🙂


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