Contest Rules

Please read the Contest Rules carefully

  • Submit a work of fiction in English of no more than 4000 words.
  • Include only your own original work.
  • Please submit before the submission deadline of June 30th 2018 23:59:59 EST.
  • Send your story in reply to the confirmation email, or at any time before the submission deadline to, including the words “Contest submission” in the subject line.
  • Include the required information in your submitted document:
    • Include your name and valid e-mail address on the first page of your document. We need these to double-confirm the information from the submission form, to be sure we can inform you if you win.
  • You agree to have your photo, short biography and name or pseudonym appear online.
  • Please send the reading fee of 20 USD using the submission forms below. The fee is nonrefundable.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Find out more about our panel of judges.
  • The announcement of the winner will be July 20th, 2018, on the website.
  • The prize:
    • 1000 US dollars
      • Cash prize – no substitutes
      • One winner
      • Payable online though PayPal
      • By August 20th, 2018
    • One hour’s Skype conference with each of the jurists
      • Get tips and coaching tailored to your work
    • Publication in The Hickory Stump
      • In our regular quarterly magazine
      • Receiving special attention as winner
    • Promotional video interview to be published online
      • Promote yourself and your other work
    • Facebook ad support for your story and interview
      • We will be online, getting behind you, pushing your work as a way to push the magazine
    • Your own donations button at the bottom of your story and interview
      • solicit donations from readers

Submit your story to take part.