Hickory Stump Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 contest has been postponed until further notice.

“Competition is the key to success.”


Submit your short story of up to 15000 words for professional appraisal, prize money, publication and one-on-one videoconferencing with the jury about your work. We seek all genres and welcome new writers, as well. Shorter works will be given equal weight; longer is not necessarily better.


  • 1000 US dollars
    • Cash prize – no substitutes
    • Payable online though PayPal – or a similar service upon request
  • One hour’s Skype conference with each of the jurists
    • Get tips and coaching tailored to your work
  • Publication in The Hickory Stump
  • 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
    • Let readers decide how much extra to pay

General information

  • 20 US dollar reading fee
    • No other charges apply
    • No other purchases necessary
  • Limit 15000 words
  • If the deadline for the contest has passed, sign up to the newsletter for alerts. We will run the contest again next year.
  • Please read the Contest Rules.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your story by email.
  • The announcement date of the results is Aug 20th, 2019. Results will be announced on the website.

Reading fee deadline: June 1st, 2019 23:59:59 EST
Submission deadline: June 15th, 2019 23:59:59 EST

Take part