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11th Mash Stories Competition 2016

11th Mash Stories Competition 2016

MASH competition aims to spot rock star quality storytellers. We like innovative ideas, but we are not keen on too many rules.

Our competition is simple. Every three months, three random words are selected from a randomly gathered list. Writers are invited to incorporate them into a short, sensible and convincing story.

All shortlisted stories are published on our website and promoted via our newsletter, Mash Weekly. The shortlisted stories submitted by Mash Club members are narrated by professional voice actors and broadcast in Mash podcast.

The Top 3 writers get the opportunity work collaborate with a Personal Development Coach to address any issues in their writing careers, and the winner gets a $100 award.


Any short, sensible and convincing story


Mash Stories


  • The winner gets a $100 award.
  • The Top 3 writers get the opportunity work collaborate with a Personal Development Coach to address any issues in their writing careers


15 July, 2016


  • Incorporate the current keywords (PIZZA, SELFIE, CORRUPTION) into a short, sensible and convincing story
  • Please make sure that you use the words exactly as they are at least once within the story. No variations are accepted. Everything should remain the same, including plurals or tense suffixes.
  • Max. 500 words, excluding the title. This is one of only two strict rules. Go over 500 words and you’ll be disqualified.
  • The second no-no is missing the deadline. MASH stories runs every quarter, meaning every three months and a total of four times a year.
  • Any genre is accepted.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Stories can only be in English.
  • Each quarter, only one submission per person is allowed (three for Mash Club members).
  • You can include your name anywhere you like.
  • You can choose any font you like. This is a story-telling competition, not a typography contest.
  • Submissions are accepted via Submittable. Please visit us on Submittable and attach your story as a Word document there, and return to Submittable to check the progress of your story.
  • Please note that our editors may require small changes to be implemented in shortlisted stories, in order to maintain the consistency throughout the website. These changes would never go beyond altering punctuation, or correcting typos. We will always ask for authors’ approval in such cases. However, if you’re sensitive about your writing, you may wish to reconsider submitting a story.
  • Publishing rights of the winning and the shortlisted stories remain with the author. However, MASH Stories holds the non-exclusive publishing rights for the full term of the copyright in the work. By sending your story to us, you automatically agree to this statement.
  • Schedule for the Current Competition
    15th April 2016 >11th Mash Competition opens.
    15th July 2016 > Deadline for submissions.
    15th August 2016 > We announce the winner.

Our schedule is designed to give each writer enough time to ask their friends & family to vote for their stories and get their share from the general traffic of the website


For more information about the workings of MASH stories, see our FAQ section.


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