Short Story Contest Rules and Regulations

-Any unoriginal and published works will be disqualified from the contest.
-All personal information, such as address, telephone number, email address, and date of birth, is collected solely for the purposes of administering this competition and shall not be used for any other purpose without consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes.
-Contestants submitting in the Youth category must be prepared to show proof of age, if requested.


Candidates pledge that their submission is an original work and that they own all rights to the submission. Rotary is not responsible for any breach of this pledge. In submitting their work, each participant grants Rotary the following licenses free of charge:
-The right to edit, abridge, or excerpt the work for promotional purposes.
-Finalists and winners agree to have their name and/or picture used for promotional purposes related to this competition, free of charge.


-Works are judged anonymously on the basis of the author’s use of language, originality of subject, and writing style. Submissions are processed by a two-tiered system of readers and judges.
-The submissions are first read by a group of qualified editors and writers. Selected submissions will then be developed into a short list of 20 stories that will be forwarded to a panel of judges. The panel will then select 3 winners to receive prizes.
Readers and judges are selected by the Anthology Publisher.
-All decisions by the readers and the panel are final. Readers’ and judges’ names are confidential until the end of the competition to ensure the judging process remains blind.

Submission Checklist:

All submissions must be:
-Submitted with the entry form in .PDF format.
-up to 2,500 typed words in English
-Double Spaced
-In letter format (8½ by 11)
-Submitted anonymously to ensure the contest remains blind. Author name must not be included anywhere within the Short Story.
-Submission Deadline - Friday July 31st, 2020


All submissions are final; changes or substitutions are not permitted.
Works will not be returned and editorial comments will not be given, with the exception for selected winners.