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Short Story Contest Details and Rules

The League of Women Voters of Tyler, Smith County's (LWV-TSC) Short Story Contest is open to all writers unpublished in any media. The contest is open to the following genres only: 

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Historical 
  • Historical Fiction
  • Biographical

The story must align with the theme of the contest, which is consistent with the LWV-TSC purpose, mission, and vision, which is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. In doing so, we wish to inspire a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourage its citizens to engage in our government. 

THEME  U S Historical Struggle to Vote: 1848 - 1878


  • Cash Prize is $500.00 to the winner
  • Publication in an anthology of selected stories
  • Pride of publication - such a high!  

There are no second or third prizes but selected short stories may be included in the anthology along with the winner.


  • Unpublished author in any media
  • No publication forthcoming prior to June 2018
  • Not  affiliated with the LWV-TSC Board of Directors, or the Judging Committee that determines the stories selected for final judging.

Submit Your Short Story

To send your Short Story, please fill out the form, and go to Upload Your Document to paste your file. Clicking "Submit" will send your information and short story to the judging team.

However, you also must click the "Pay Now" button, which will redirect you to the PayPal website where you can pay with PayPal through a Debit/Credit card. After you have paid, you will automatically be entered in to the 2017 competition.


Submission Form

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Entry Fee $25. Submit Below through PAY NOW button to pay by debit or credit card.

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Submission deadline is midnight February 28, 2018.

Use the online Submission Form at left to enter. Postal entries are not accepted. The fee to enter is $25 per title and is non-refundable. Multiple and simultaneous entries are allowed. International entries welcome.

The story must align with the theme of the contest

Entries must be original and written in English. It also cannot be already published online or in print.

Your story must have fewer than 5000 words (≤ 4,999 words).

Digital submittal:

Title of Your Work_2017 

             Example: Suffrage_2017.

All personally identifying information must be deleted from your entry submission. Please submit your document as a Microsoft Word file.

Entries are accepted only before Midnight (CST) February 28, 2017.

You may voluntarily withdraw your entry from this competition by request via email.  However, the entry fee is non-refundable.

The author retains copyright, but you must allow us temporary and exclusive publishing rights for our anthology, if requested.

If your entry is not fully rules compliant, it  will be disqualified. 


Judging is subjective and anonymous. The decisions of the judge(s) are final. Neither the judges nor anyone connected to the LWV-TSC will enter into individual correspondence relative to any entry, nor will anyone associated with the contest provide critique of individual work. LWV-TSC reserves the right to change judges without reason or notice. Experienced readers will determine which stories are selected for potential publication and final judging.

A list of stories selected for publication will be published soon after the closing date, February 28, 2018. Those under consideration for final judging will be indicated.

The winner will be announced on or before July 4, 2018.

The winner will be contacted directly.