By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine
You've written a short story that you feel is a winner. Take a breath. Do Not Hit The Send Button until you have considered a few items. Put your story to the test before you submit.
1. Review the contest guidelines.
2. Make sure you have complied with ALL requirements, not doing so will disqualify your entry.
3. Use all the edits offered by your word processing software. Make sure you run your story through spell check, grammar correct, word count, etc. to confirm your story meets the contest criteria.
4. Proofreading and editing is a must. It sounds simplistic but if you don't your submission look sloppy and unprofessional. Your submission will not be taken seriously.
Our magazine has offered a short story contest the past several years. The top 13 contest winners are highlighted in a special contest winners edition. Each of our Short Story Contests' winners can be found in a special edition publication. The edition is the size of our regular magazine, and these high-quality anthologies are an entertaining and diverse collection of humor, drama, mystery, and romance. With something for everyone, they make a great gift for the readers, but more importantly, they are an insight in what has been judged a winning short story in past years. You can click this LINK to get an inside view on past contest winners.
What have you got to lose? Get busy. Do your part and who knows, you could find yourself a winner of Southern Writers Magazine's 2016 short story contest.
Here is the LINK to Southern Writers Magazine's 2016 contest details.