Inkd Pub at Multiverse Short Story Contest

Winners 2023!

Robyn Huss – editor for the Hidden Villains anthologies attends 1st Place winner Ellie Raine, Second Place winner Mandy Burkhead, & Third place winner Sarah J. Sover!

Inkd Pub is honored to sponsor the fabulous Multiverse convention for our third year in 2024 where we will have our usual booth and panel. For our second year, we want to offer a short story contest and announce the winners at our panel.

The stories should fall within Speculative Fiction genre, such as Sci-Fi, Horror, or Fantasy. We encourage you to weave an engaging story with well-developed characters and deep emotion.

Submissions are open to all Multiversians who have attended the Multiverse con or intend to attend.

Stories that contain infanticide, rape, or gratuitous gore will not be accepted. In alignment with Multiverse’s Code, we will not accept Hate speech which offends, threatens, or insults groups of people, based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits. This includes intentional misgendering or “deadnaming” (purposefully using the pre-transition name) of trans people. Additionally we will not accept glorification of Hate groups such as (but not limited to): Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, Westboro Baptist Church or any group as listed as a hate group on the Southern Poverty Law Center website. Lastly, we will not accept casual or glorified discrimination such as unjust or prejudicial exclusions or treatment of any person based on characteristics including but not limited to: race, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, national origin, ancestry, body size, neurodiversity, disability, medical condition, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital/domestic partnership status, or citizenship. If you are writing about discrimination from a marginalized perspective, please clarify that in your submission. The Multiverse convention will review the winning story with a veto ability based on their Code of Conduct.

Submission Period: Now to September 15th, 2024

Submissions: 1 per author; No AI; Reprints are welcome.

Submission Cost: Free

Word Limit: 2,000 to 8,000 words

Submission Guidelines: Anonymous submission with no author name in document; 12 pt Times or Arial; .Doc or .Docx; double-space; first line indent; no tabs used.

Submit here.

Prizes: $100! The sole winner will receive our selection of at least three signed books from guests attending Multiverse in 2024, a certificate, an award, and $100.00.  

Additionally: The first place winner will win the weekend dinner package: Full Weekend Dining Package (six full meals): Dinner Friday & Saturday, Lunch Saturday & Sunday, plus Breakfast Saturday & Sunday

We will likely have some goodies for second and third place as we did in 2023.

Timeline Projections:

Submissions close: 9/15/24

Review: 9/16/24 – 10/18/24

Rejection completed: by 10/18/24

Finalists notified: 10/18/24

Announcement of the winner: At Inkd Pub’s panel during Multiverse Oct. 18-20, 2024

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