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Yes! It’s time…

…for another Support Indie Authors short story contest. This time, we’re headed into the mysterious, secretive, and (perhaps) frightening, Area 51!

We are looking for your short stories focused around being Abducted by Aliens. This time, we’re allowing ALL GENRES. That’s right! Any genre you want as long as it fits the theme of alien abduction and includes the following phrase:

"...and that's what happened to me. I swear." 

Failure to include this sentence of dialogue will result in your story being disqualified.

The conditions for your submission are simple. 

  1. Entries may be emailed to us at Please indicate “SIA’s Alien Abduction Short Stories Contest” in the Headline. Entries must include your name, a title, as well as a word count. Please include pdf or doc attachment and title the document with your short story title and author name.

  2. Submissions MUST BE received NO LATER than June 30th. And the winner(s) will be announced on July 6th!

  3. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Double or triple your chances!

  4. Your story cannot be shorter than 1000 words and cannot be longer than 2500 words. Any stories not fitting these length requirements will be disqualified.

  5. Excessive elements of gore, sexuality & violence will cause your story to be disqualified. Aim for a PG-13 rating for your story’s content.

  6. Any stories promoting racism, sexism, misogyny or violence against marginalized groups will be disqualified.

The other MODS and I look forward to reading them! Keep being awesome and #SupportIndieAuthors!


One winner will be chosen if we have less than fifty submissions. Five winners will be chosen if we have over fifty submissions, and ten winners will be chosen if we have over one hundred submissions. So tell your friends and submit more than one story!

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Mythic March Short Story Contest Winners

The Thief that Breathes Fire by Kendall Peterkin

Pretty Ladies by Becca Edney

Minotaur Noir by Katherine Luck

The Monster by Boris Sanders

Hell in Huntington by Zach Larson

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Looking for a way to track the contests you’ve entered?

Track your writing, try new challenges, discover writing events, and measure your progress as you grow throughout the year with the Achievement Tracker created by The Writer’s Workout!


The Writer's Workout was formed from a love of competition and encouragement. We are a community of writers with many different backgrounds, ideas, influences, and skill levels. From authors published several times over, poets featured in anthologies, to new writers just starting out, we have one important thing in common: a love of the written word.  

We know that no two authors are the same; no author approaches The Craft in the same way as the next, and that's okay. We support to all skill and interest levels and our members are always happy to help aspiring writers wherever and whenever they can. Someone is always around to offer advice, motivation, support, and encouragement.

Learn More Here

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Can't wait for the next Support Indie Authors short story contest? 

Sometimes our brains need a break from whatever drawn out task we're been working on for what seems like ages. Whether it's work related, your current work in progress, or even a never-ending home repair project, spending too much time on one frustrating and teeth grinding activity can wear our brain down. 

Nothing feels more refreshing than taking a break to complete an out of the ordinary, fun, and brain building exercise. Writing flash fiction is an excellent way to restart your brain (since we can't technically turn it off and then back on again) and gain fresh perspective on whatever is bogging you down. 

So hop on over to DoctorShortS and submit some flash fiction! Maybe it's just the thing you need.