The Hickory Stump Short Story Contest at a discounted rate

“Competition is the key to success.”

The Hickory Stump Short Story Contest is now open to submissions.

People residing in India are entitled to a 70% discount from the €17 price, or €5 total reading fee payable.

Submit your short story of up to 4000 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.

Deadline: June 30th 2018.


  • 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 4000 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 July 20th, 2108. Results will be announced on the website.

Take part

Take part at a discounted rate (Indian citizens)