New Beginnings
Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a minimum word requirement?

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No. 

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Is there a word limit?

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Yes, stories must be up to 2,500 words. No more.
There is no minimum word limit.

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How many stories may I submit?

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You may submit as many stories as you wish. One story per submission. 

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Should my story be of a specific genre?

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Your story can be of any genre with a “New Beginnings” theme.

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Which format should my story be submitted in?

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We accept the following formats: DOC, DOCX, and PDF. We don’t have any line spacing, or font size requirements, since we feel it might interfere with writers’ creativity.

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What is the deadline for submission?

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New Beginnings submission closes January 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

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Is there an entry fee? Why?

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The entry fee is $17. The fee is to cover our expenses. Our goal at The Short Story Project is to enable talented writers to be recognized for their work, and that, of course, incurs expenses. One example of expenses are the prizes, which amount to a sum of $11,500.

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When will you be announcing the winners, and how?

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We will be announcing the winners on the contest website, on The Short Story Project website, as well as via email, in mid-March.

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Who can enter the contest? Is there an age limitation?

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The New Beginnings contest is open to all ages from anywhere in the world. As long as the story was written by you – you can go ahead and submit it.

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Do I need to create an account to submit a story?

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Yes, you will need an account to be able to submit your story. 

We are The Short Story Project, and “New Beginnings” is the second competition that we’re holding. We’re very excited of course.

When you submit your story, you also receive an account on shortstoryproject.com to enjoy our hand-picked and curated short stories from all over the world. 

For many of our short story community members, these stories supply a source of inspiration.

You can read as much as your heart desires 😃

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How do I submit a story?

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  1. Visit this page https://www.shortstoryproject.com/new-beginnings/
  2. Check out the guidelines, then click one of the yellow buttons, for example, the “Submit Now” at the bottom of the page, fill out the form on the following page, upload your story, include a credit card for the entry fee of $17 …and that’s it! 🙂

Good luck! 🍀

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Can I change my file?

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Not quite, but we can cancel and refund your submission and then you can start over and re-submit your story. 

To do that, please send us a request to contests@shortstoryproject.com. In the request please include the email address you used to submit your story, and if you chose to pay with PayPal, please also send us your PayPal account.

Refunds will be done on first and last weeks of December 2018 and January 2019.

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Who are you? Who is sponsoring the contest?

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  1. Glad you ask 🙂 We are The Short Story Project. We’ve been around for years on www.shortstoryproject.com. We’ve been working diligently to curate and hand-pick amazing short stories from all over the world. We’ve been translating them into various languages, making them available to hundreds of thousands of readers. We’ve also been recording them so you can listen to them on-the-go.

    New Beginnings is the 2nd contest we’ve held, and it won’t be the last.

    Until now we were a site for readers only, but we’re now broadening our focus to short story writers as well.

    That is.. we are the sponsor.