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Presenting the 9th Annual Short Story Contest! I'm thrilled to declare the commencement of our ninth yearly Short Story Contest. The past eight years have been brimming with surprises and remarkable tales. Volumes 3, 4, and 5 were generously distributed to over 1,000 Texas Libraries for FREE as part of the DEAR Texas Literacy Program, supporting Title 1 schools and libraries. Unfortunately, due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, volumes 6 and 7 couldn't follow the regular distribution channels. However, Volume 8 is slated to reach 1,000 readers as per our usual schedule in 2024.

This exhilarating contest is open to all Texas Authors, and we're excited to extend an additional contest for Indie Authors worldwide, eager to share their short stories. Prizes of distinction await the top three winners in each genre, including printed copies of the anthology, memberships, and cash rewards.

Submissions are open from March 1, 2024, through July 31, 2024, with the winners set to be revealed in early September. Anticipate the release of the 9th anthology in October.

Winning brings not only recognition but also coveted prizes such as anthology copies, press releases, and extended marketing support over six months. Join the ranks of Texas Authors who have experienced a boost in readership through this esteemed short story award.


Short stories serve as powerful marketing tools, allowing published authors to share compelling backstories from their novels, ultimately promoting their literary works. Don't miss the chance to be part of this exciting literary journey!

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Any writer who lives in Texas is eligible to submit a short story in any category. The 2016 contest will begin on March 1st with a $30 entry fee per story. The minimum count allowed is 1,500 words, the maximum word count allowed is 3,000 words. A Texas writer can enter as many stories as they would like. The story can not have been published at any time in any form. No poetry will be accepted for entry.
Effective for the 2023 Contest, we are now taking entries throughout the year. There is an additional quarterly contest as follows: Jan - March is Non-Fiction, April - June is Children's, July - Sept. is Fiction, Oct - Dec is Middle School & YA short stories.
Short Stories by Texas Authors is an annual contest to find the best Texas Authors while raising money for literacy programs. This is one of the many brain storms from B. Alan Bourgeois the director and founder of Texas Authors, Inc., a not for profit organization designed to help support and market Texas Authors.