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Broken Ribbon Fiction Contests

Broken Ribbon Short Thriller Open
February 15 — April 15

We want your best heart-stopping, edge-of-your seat thrillers. But here’s the catch: no one can die.

Instill us with fear, dread, anticipation. Show us looming shadows and lead us down dark, seedy hallways–or not. Defy conventions. Surprise us. Surprise yourself. 

Above all, tell a good story that we just can’t put down.

Entry fee: $15

1st Place Prize: $100, publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, two (2) contributor copies of Broken Ribbon, possible inclusion in Broken Ribbon newsletter, a feature/interview on the Broken Ribbon site, possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter, and more!

2nd Place Prize: possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) contributor copy of Broken Ribbon, possible inclusion in Broken Ribbon newsletter, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, and possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter.

3rd Place Prize: possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) contributor copy of Broken Ribbon, possible inclusion in Broken Ribbon newsletter, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, and possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter.

Submission Guidelines
We ask that fiction submissions be less than 7,000 words in length. This is a blind competition. As such, manuscripts will be assigned numbers before being read by the editors and final judge. Please do not include any personally identifying information anywhere in your submission outside of the cover letter.

In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Broken Ribbon reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts. No identifying information should appear anywhere in your submission except the cover letter. The first page of your submission should include the title of the piece, and each page should be clearly numbered.

We do not accept physical submissions. Any mail-in submissions will be unopened, unread, and recycled. Please upload your submission via the form at the bottom of this page. Please make sure your file is .doc, .docx., or a comparable format.

If you’ve any questions regarding your submission, please contact us.

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