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"On The Premises" wants to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write what we feel are creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. Our writing contests have no entry fees. Winners receive cash prizes and publication. We enlist the help of amateur short story enthusiasts to help us select winning stories. Why do we ask for such help? Because we want to publish fiction that can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences. Any story that can get through our fairly diverse crowd of fiction lovers is likely to be enjoyed by most of our readers, and we think that’s the best a fiction magazine can hope for.
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Each short story contest outlines a specific, but broad premise. As an example, in our very first contest, the premise was that one or more characters are heading to some specific location, but for whatever reason, don't get there. We accept electronic submissions only, and only through the Submittable system we subscribe to. Short stories must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words long. (We also have four "mini-contests" a year in which entries are generally 25 to 75 words long.) We do not accept reprints. Do NOT put your name or contact information in the body of your story. We have a special field for that information in our submission form. Our judges want to read stories without having any idea who wrote them. Additional details from our contest rules: No fiction aimed at readers younger than 12, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top grossout horror, and no stories that are obvious parodies of (or otherwise use) existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors. Other than that, we’ll take anything from the most super-realistic literary drama to crazy farces (real-world or otherwise) to any variant of science fiction or fantasy you can imagine. Our specific contest rules can be found here: https://onthepremises.com/contest-rules/
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