Many of you will already be aware of Alfie Dog Fiction. They are one of the biggest short story download sites on the internet and they have just announced their first short story competition.
First prize is £200 and publication of a 35 – 40,000 word short story collection (e-book and paperback).
Second prize is a critique of short stories up to a total of 10,000 words.
The entry fee is rather unusual. It is the download of five paid short stories by different authors. Prices for stories start at 39p so you may be able to get five stories for £2.00.
In my opinion £2.00 to enter a competition with a £200 prize and book publication is very good value (plus you get the stories as well!).
Stories must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words and in any genre normally carried by Alfie Dog (which gives you a lot of scope).
The closing date is 30th September 2014 – so plenty of time to get you’re thinking caps on!
The full competition details are here.
#1 by susanjanejones on May 1, 2014 - 4:38 pm
I agree Sally, this is great value, as you get to read the five stories. There are lots of great writers published on there, and I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t say I’ve got some on there:)) Sorry couldn’t resist that! Great prizes too.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on May 1, 2014 - 4:43 pm
I think I’m going to enter Susan, so I’ll take a look at your stories when I have to choose my five.
#3 by susanjanejones on May 1, 2014 - 4:46 pm
Thanks Sally, it’s a great site, you should send some of your stories. Good luck in the comp.
#4 by Liz Young on May 1, 2014 - 9:41 pm
I’;; tell you the same as I told Patsy – I needed reminding and I’ll go over to Alfie dog tomorrow!
#5 by Sally Jenkins on May 2, 2014 - 7:49 pm
Good Luck if you’re entering, Liz.
#6 by Jan Baynham on May 3, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Yes, the competition looks great and I shall have a go at entering too. I think it’s a brilliant idea to have to download the stories as the entry fee not just from a sales point of view but to show entrants how varied the stories are on the site. 🙂 Have ‘advertised’ it on my blog too. Good luck to everyone who enters.
#7 by Sally Jenkins on May 3, 2014 - 6:22 pm
Thanks for dropping by, Jan. I think there’s going to be a lot of entrants!
#8 by Linda on May 3, 2014 - 5:16 pm
I think the unusual entry fee is a great idea as entrants will be able to see what a wide range of stories Alfie Dog publishes. The winning story could be humour, horror, romance, sci-fi – or anything else you want to write about.
#9 by Sally Jenkins on May 3, 2014 - 6:23 pm
Yes, it leaves the story genre wide open, Linda – which does make it hard in a way to work out what the judges are looking for.