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Creative Writing Institute International Short Story Contest

Creative Writing Institute International Short Story Contest

Your story may be any genre, but these exact sentences must appear together in the story: “I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?”


I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?


Creative Writing Institute


First place: $200 USD or a free writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.

Second place: $100 USD or a credit of $150 toward a writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.

Third place: $50 USD or a credit of $100 toward a writing course with a personal tutor, valued at $260, + publication in our anthology and eBook.

Plus: seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our anthology & Ebook, entitled “What Could Possibly go Wrong?”

Creative Writing Institute International Short Story ContestDeadline

9 August, 2014, by midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time


  • ONE submission per person
  • When you’re ready to submit, scroll to the bottom of the submission page and click on SUBMIT.
  • Entries will only be accepted on that form. Fill out your name and address, and follow the prompts to a space where you can copy and paste your document into it.
  • Do NOT send attachments or emailed entries as these will NOT be accepted
  • Especially note our requirements for G-rated literature. Please see #1 below for further definition.
  • By entering this contest, you are saying this story has not been previously published, you grant minor editing rights for publication, and Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights and First North American Print Rights to publish the winners and Judge’s Choice stories in our anthology, “What Could Possibly go Wrong?” All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • This is a themed contest. Your story must be original and unpublished (except on personal blogs, critique groups, or personal web pages) and must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
  • Entries must follow these guidelines or be disqualified.
  • Any genre: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Humor, Romance, Children, etc., No erotica, profanity, swearing, or gore. (Swearing includes but is not limited to the following: hell, damn, bitch, taking God’s name in vain, and other similar words.) This is a “G” rated contest. One swear word will disqualify your entry. Good writers can make their point by showing the character’s attitudes.
  • Entries must be 1,000 to 2,000 words. (This is a strict word count, but don’t count the title or personal information in the word count.) Place the word count at the top of page 1 before submitting.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style, and technique.
  • Be sure that your entry has been proofread and edited. Points will be deducted for poorly structured sentences, spelling mistakes, and grammatical errors. Your entry should reflect your commitment to writing.
  • Winners will be notified by email on or before September 12, 2014.


Direct your questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at


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    I appreciate this.Thanks

    • daddy mene says:

      thank you, sir. the topic has to be: I HAVE A LIST AND A MAP WHAT MUST BE POSSIBLY WRONG, right? just want to get the proper construction. secondly, is it that the should the word count be between 1000 and 2000 words or either 1000 or 2000?

  2. daddy mene says:

    sorry, i mistakenly posted my queries. i mean to find out the actual word count. is it 1000 or 2000 or something from the range of 1000 and 2000? thanks!

  3. Admin, I really wished my grammar constructions are buoyant enough to enter for this great competition and try my fate
    ……but am just a beginner……I started writing two weeks ago after I read your book
    ” Your Right To Write”

    I was thinking if there is a competition for my class, maybe Beginners Competition

    • I Simeon,

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  4. Dewo Yusuf says:

    Very good. I have begun preparation. Just feel nice having you as a coach. Thanks.

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