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TopShelf Flash Fiction Awards - The Rules


  1. Only TopShelf Insiders can enter this competition.
  2. Entry is FREE!
  3. Entries must be between 250 and 1,000 words in length.
  4. Entries should be well developed, edited, and proofread. Messy stories will have a much harder time winning this competition.
  5. Stories cannot contain any profanity, sex, or depict drug use or any other material that could be considered offensive to a family (PG-13) audience.
  6. There are no limits on when the story was written, if it was previously published, or if it has been entered in another contest, including this one.
  7. There is no limit to how many stories an author, publisher, or publicist can enter in any given contest period.
  8. There is no limit to how often an author, publisher, or publicist can submit a story; however, once a story wins, that same story cannot be entered again for at least 12 months.
  9. The deadline for entry is the last day of each calendar quarter. Winners will be notified by email and publicly announced in the following issue of TopShelf Magazine.
  10. If there are not at least two entries in a quarter, there will be no winner selected for that quarter, and the singular entry will carry over to the next quarter until there is a winner selected.
  11. Each winner will receive:
    1. $100 (USD) Cash Prize!
    2. The TopShelf Flash Fiction Award digital and printable badge
    3. Their story published in TopShelf Magazine
  12. All winners will be announced publically at TopShelfMagazine.net, in TopShelf Magazine, as well as via email and social media.
  13. Stories are judged on their merits by the highly experienced team of TopShelf contributors, editors, and reviewers.
  14. The cash prize is paid to the winner via PayPal within 30 days from the date the story appears in TopShelf Magazine. If the winner neglects to respond to TopShelf's reasonable attempts to make contact and neglects to offer a valid email address where a PayPal payment can be made within 45 days from the date of the initial notification, the cash prize may become forfeited.
  15. TopShelf reserves the right to amend the terms of this, or any contest, at any time, for any reason, without notice.




This is a Members Only Competition!


TopShelf reserves the right to update the terms of this or any TopShelf contest without notice.
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