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“Oh no! I can’t believe I forgot my _______!!”

We’re looking for your best zombified summer vacation short story. We all need a break from the ordinary, even zombies! Summer vacation is a great time to rest up, rejuvenate our senses, and maybe even turn that grayish decaying skin into a sweet sweet tan.

So send us your submissions using the following guidelines:

The conditions for your submission are simple. 

  1. Entries may be emailed to us at siamoderators@gmail.com. Please indicate “SIA’s Zombie Summer Vacation Short Story Contest” in the Headline. Entries must include your name, a title, as well as a word count.

  2. Entries must be received by 11:59PM on August 31, 2019.

  3. All genres are accepted.

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

  5. You must include the phrase: “Oh no! I can’t believe I forgot my….!” Failure to include this phrase will result in your disqualification.

  6. Your story cannot be shorter than 1000 words and cannot be longer than 3000 words. Any stories not fitting these length requirements will be disqualified.

  7. Excessive elements of gore, sexuality & violence will cause your story to be disqualified. Aim for a PG-13 rating for your story’s content. (Look, we realize that this is a zombie short story and some gore is to be expected. But if it makes us throw up, we’re not going to want to vote for it. If you write heavy horror/thrillers, then this may not be the contest for you.)

  8. Any stories promoting racism, sexism, misogyny or violence against marginalized groups will be disqualified. (See above italicized parentheses)

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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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Stuck in a writing rut? Looking for a way to challenge yourself? The Writer’s Games might be just what you’re looking for!

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What is The Writer’s Games? Good question.

The Writer's Games is a free two-moth long writing competition run by The Writer’s Workout. All participants must register in advance to take part. Once the Games begin, an Event is announced each week and then writers have 72 hours to write their hearts out. Once the time is up, a group of unbiased judges read all the entries and give every writer honest feedback on what they submitted. That’s right,. EVERY writer gets feedback.

Those who place in one or more Events are published in our anthology and those who place overall also win a number of fun writing prizes.

Registration opened August 1 and space is limited.

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

Alien Abduction Short Story Contest Winners

Elvis by Alan Guffy

Purple Sky by Dinara Tengri

Into the Pines by Paul Dawson

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short story compilations

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(includes winners and honorable mentions)


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.