Get Involved in SOOP’s Annual Short Story Contest

Get involved in SOOP's Short Story Contest

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Three years ago, we decided to expand our Anthology Program with an exciting initiative that could guarantee a fun, competitive, and educative experience in which talented writers could transition to become published authors while enjoying cash rewards and the opportunity to see their work on print.

Our Annual Short Story Contest is our flagship program to make this a reality, and we seek more people willing to collaborate to develop this growing competition further.

There are four prominent roles to get involved: 


Authors are invited to submit short stories and short nonfiction pieces to our contest. We are accepting submissions in 25 categories. To be eligible for cash prizes and publishing contracts, submissions must meet editorial standards centered around literary excellence and inclusivity and must generate a minimum of 25 votes from an author’s fan base.

Category prizes are $50, and the grand prizes (one per) in fiction and nonfiction are $250. Eligible submissions may be offered publishing contract offers at SOOP’s discretion.

Authors who are offered and who accept a publishing contract are additionally compensated via royalties.

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Scouts recruit authors to participate in our contest via their personal networks. Successful scouts are great matchmakers between contest categories and authors who are skilled in those categories. This role is especially suited for professionals in the literary field.

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While curators are also expected to recruit authors like scouts, their primary focus is evaluating qualified submissions against our editorial standards and the curator’s vision for an eventual anthology. Curators choose the highest quality submission per 25 qualified submission “heat” as well as a second and third place. Curators are skilled at turning 20-25 diverse manuscripts into a cohesive book, offering encouragement, and bringing out the best in a story. Curators are compensated via royalties.

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Are you a seasoned literary professional with a passion for discovering new and talented writers? We are looking for experienced judges to help us select the winners of our annual contest in either fiction or non-fiction categories.

As a judge, you will have the opportunity to review and evaluate submissions in your chosen category. Your expertise and insights will be critical in identifying the best submissions and selecting the winners.

Judges will receive recognition for their contributions and a share of the royalties generated by the anthologies that will result from their efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that is passionate about discovering and promoting new talent.

To learn more about our judge program and how to apply, please reach out to us at i[email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!


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