2022 Short Story Awards Contest

The TCK Publishing Short Story Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium (cash prize) and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.

TCK Publishing is recognizing short story writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2022 TCK Publishing Short Story Contest.

How the Contest Works

  1. Any writer (regardless of who your publisher is or if your work has been previously published) may submit a short story totaling no more than 4,000 words (less is fine) for an entry fee of $12.
  2. You must purchase your entry here (you can purchase as many entries as you like if you choose to enter multiple submissions).
  3. After you purchase your entry, you will be asked to complete a short Google Form to complete your submission so you can submit your short story on that page.
  4. All entrants will be notified through a confirmation email from TCK Publishing.
  5. Submissions open on September 1, 2021.
  6. Submissions will close on August 31, 2022.
  7. Declaration of winner and awarding of prize will be on September 21, 2022.
  8. The winner will be notified through an email from the TCK Publishing Short Story Contest committee.

Registration is Now Open

Note: If you would like to purchase multiple submissions, simply click the “+” button on the right side of the registration page to add additional submissions.


Can I mail in my submission?

No. We only accept digital submissions. Once you purchase your entry for the contest, you’ll be given clear instructions on how to submit your short story.

Can I submit my short story online?


Can I submit a short story that has previously been published?


What if the writer’s work was published by a literary magazine and the writer doesn’t own the rights?

Yes. Even though the writer no longer has the rights for the short story, she can still submit it as long as she’s the one who wrote the short story.

Should I include acknowledgments or publication credits?

No. Simply submit your short story in full without any additional credits.

Which genres of short stories are acceptable to submit?

Winners will be selected for each of the following categories:

  • Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Children’s story
  • YA and Middle Grade
  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Religious Fiction
  • General Fiction

Can I submit a translation of my short story (in English)?

Yes. Just make sure you have secured the all rights to the translation of your work.

Do I have to live in the United States to enter?

No. You may submit your short story from any country in the world.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes, you may enter as many times as you would like but you will have to pay the $12 entry fee for each submission.

How do I submit multiple entries that I have paid for?

You will be sent to a Google form to fill out in order to enter the contest. You should fill out the form one time for every entry you have purchased so that each of your entries are logged separately and accurately.

Can I send my short story by email?

No. You must submit online through an online form by following the instructions once you purchase your entry.

Are there any additional entry fees?

No! Because we do not use Submittable, we do not have to pass on additional fees to entrants, so you will only have to pay $12 exactly per entry.

Who is the selection judge?

Kaelyn Barron

Who are the final judges?

Everyone working at TCK Publishing at the time the winner’s selection is made.

Contest Procedures

When your submission arrives, it will be logged into our TCK Short Story Contest database automatically with Google Forms. Mark Buctuanon will remove all identifying names before forwarding the short stories to the selection judge. In this way, the judges will make their decision based solely on the stories, without any knowledge of who the authors are.

The selection judge will select a winner for each category, and these winners will receive commemorative badges to display on their websites or social media.

Then the final judges (that’s all of our team at TCK Publishing, excluding the team member who removed the names) will review the finalists (the winners of each category) and select the overall winner.

The judges agree not to select any submissions that present any conflict of interest.


If you have any additional questions, please contact us using the form below with the subject line “Short Story Contest.”

Other Contests from TCK Publishing

You can also check out the Reader’s Choice Book Awards Contest if you have a book that you would like to enter into the contest (Note: The Reader’s Choice Book Awards Contest is free to enter for all authors).

The annual TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is another great opportunity if you have a poem you would like to write or submit. The entry fee is $5, and the honorarium (cash prize) is $1,000 for the winner.

The annual Flash Fiction contest also features a $1,000 prize for the winner.

We also host the TCK Publishing Nonfiction Writing Contest each year with an entry fee of $12 and a $1,000 honorarium (cash prize).

If you’re looking to enter more short story contests, you can browse our list of short story contests to find other opportunities.