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Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline: May 15, 2023.  
  • Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words. Please note "published" includes any work published in print or online, including online magazines, blogs,  public social media sites, etc.  
  • Multiple submissions will be accepted for the contest only.  Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, we must be notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  •  Only authors currently residing in the United States are eligible. 
  • Submissions will only be accepted via the website. Please email contest@philadelphiastories.org if you are having any trouble with your submission.
  • We read all entries anonymously, so please do not include any identifying information in your submissions.
  • There is a $15 reading fee for each story submitted. 
  • All entrants will receive a copy of the Philadelphia Stories contest issue. 
  • Winners will be announced by October 31, 2023 

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