Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 4, 2015

The Stoneslide Story Contest

vesper orange tree

Vesper Stamper illustrator from The Orange Tree

The Stoneslide Story Contest

Submit to the 2015 Stoneslide Story Contest.

Open to any kind of story up to 10,000 words in length.

We’re looking for previously unpublished stories that exemplify the power of narrative to make one think and feel. Ideal stories will use character, plot, description, humor, pathos, and concept to open new emotional and cognitive territory for readers. The contest is judged by the editors.


1st $3,000 + publication

2nd $500 + possible publication*

3rd $250 + possible publication*

Four stories will also be recognized for:
-striking use of wit: $100*
-beguiling character: $100*
-description that makes us think we were really there: $100*
-propulsive plot line and/or scene $100*

*All honorees will be considered for publication in our second print volume, and/or in The Stoneslide Corrective website


Contest opens Friday, March 20 (first day of spring)
Entries due by Sunday, June 21 (first day of summer)
Notification made on Wednesday, September 23 (first day of fall)


What do you have to do? Write a kick-ass story. Pay a $10 entry fee.
Wait for an answer…
Get more and more anxious.
Yell at your kids and the dog.
Imagine how good it would feel to win.
Try using the Rejection Generator to calm your nerves.
Rabidly check your email on September 23.

Submit to the 2015 Stoneslide Story Contest.

More Details

  • All work submitted must be original and never published before.
  • All submissions will be read blind, meaning that the readers and judges will only see the title and body of the story before making a judgment.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but you must withdraw a work immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, with no refund of the entry fee.
  • The contest will be judged by the editors of The Stoneslide Corrective.
  • Family members of the editors and editorial staff are ineligible to enter.
  • Up to ten stories may also be designated “honorable mentions.”

Talk tomorrow,


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