Announcing History Through Fiction’s Second Annual Short Story Contest

Call For Submissions

History Through Fiction is proud to announce our second annual short story contest. We’re opening submissions on June 15, 2024, and they’ll close on August 15, 2024. We invite writers to send in their historical fiction short stories. Two judges will carefully review each story, and every writer will get feedback from both judges. On September 15, we’ll announce the top twenty stories. Then, on October 15, we’ll reveal the top ten stories. These stories will be published in a paperback anthology, and each author will get $75. The big announcement for the runner-up and grand prize winners will be on November 15. The runner-up gets $150, and the grand prize winner takes home $250. Look out for the anthology’s release on March 1, 2025.

Submission Period

June 15, 2024 – August 15, 2024

Submission Guidelines

Word Limit = 5,000
Time Period = Must take place prior to the year 2000
Historical Setting = Any
Publication Status = All submissions must be previously unpublished
Multiple Submissions = Accepted

Submission Requirements and Details

Submissions can only be made through our Duosuma Submission Manager.
$15 Submission Fee
All submitters will be subscribed to the History Through Fiction newsletter. Submitters may unsubscribe at any time, but all contest announcements will be made through the HTF newsletter.
All submissions require a brief cover letter and writer bio
Stories must be in a PDF, .doc, or .docx format


Click here to meet the judges.

Judging Criteria

Stories will be judged on five major criteria

Historical Relevance
Narration and POV
Overall Impact/Quality

All stories are rated on a 50 point scale, with 10 points for each category.

1st Place, Grand Prize

2nd Place, Runner-Up


  • $75 Cash Prize

  • Publication in our paperback anthology

All Submitters Receive:

Submission Period
June 15, 2024 - August 15, 2024

Contact Name
Colin Mustful
Contact Title
Founder and Editor
Contact Email Address

Fiction Press