How does the contest work?

Every Friday morning, Reedsy sends a newsletter that includes five themed writing prompts. Those five prompts will also appear at the top of our Reedsy Prompts page. Writers then have one week (until the following Friday), to submit a story based on one of our prompts. Each week, we pick a winner to be featured on our blog and win $50. Sign up to participate in the contest here.

Read our contest's full Terms of Use here.

How do I submit a story?

Please follow each of these steps:

  • Sign up for a free Reedsy Prompts account.
  • Select one of this week's five prompts from the top of the page.
  • Enter your title and story, and then hit "Submit story."

Is there an entry fee?

No, this contest is free to join!

What is the deadline to submit a story?

Five new prompts go out every Friday. The deadline for submissions in response to those prompts is the following Friday at 11:59 pm EST.

Who is eligible to participate in the contest?

The award is open to all writers over the age of 18. Submitted stories must be written in English and unpublished.

What are the word count limits for submissions?

Unless otherwise specified, the short story must be between 1,000 - 3,000 words.

Are there any restrictions about the type of content the story can include?

Stories may contain mature themes and language. However, stories containing large amounts of graphic or explicit language will not be considered for publication on our blog.

Can authors submit more than one story per week?

Authors can submit as many stories as they’d like, for as many different prompts as they’d like.

Can authors continue to participate in the contest after they win?

Authors who win the contest are welcome to continue submitting, and are eligible to win the contest multiple times.

Can a story reference more than one prompt at a time?

Yes, you can incorporate as many of the prompts as you’d like.

Can I submit my story elsewhere if it wins?

When authors submit a story, they retain the copyright, but they grant Reedsy a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide, royalty-free license to store, publish, and otherwise use the entry on any platforms, in accordance with our Terms of Use.

After you submit your story, you may still publish the story elsewhere, but the publication must include:

  1. the relevant prompt;
  2. acknowledgment to for providing the prompt that inspired the story.

This acknowledgment should be in the form of a mention, and in the case of a digital publication, a “dofollow” link back to

What is the award?

$50 USD (to be paid via PayPal), publication on our Medium blog, and publication on Reedsy Prompts, where it will be highlighted as a winner.

Each week, a handful of shortlisted entries will be awarded a $25 credit towards Reedsy marketplace services — such as professional book editing, design, or marketing. There is a limit of one $25 credit per user, even if they are shortlisted multiple times. Learn more about the Reedsy publishing community here!

Who judges the short stories and picks the weekly winner?

All entries are initially reviewed by a team of judges comprised of Reedsy Prompts members. Those members all shortlist what they believe are the top entries. The marketing team at Reedsy then reads the shortlist and determines the weekly winner. For more information on becoming a Reedsy Prompts judge, please head here.

What are karma points?

Karma is awarded to authors who contribute to the community. You can gain karma by submitting stories, winning contests and gaining upvotes on your comments. If an author has a lot of karma, this generally means they have contributed popular content to Reedsy Prompts. Check out the leaderboard here.