‘When Fiction Comes True’ Short Story Contest

Entrance Fee: $10

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(600-3,000 words)


1stPlace: $250, featured writer in our newsletter, story posted on our blog, certificate

2ndPlace: $150, story posted on our blog, certificate

3rdPlace: $100, certificate


Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty of the world, it’s easy to feel hopeless - like you don’t have any control. And while it may feel like there’s nothing we can do in trying times, it’s imperative to remember the famous expression: the pen is mightier than the sword. Through the series of unfortunate events occurring over these past few years, we have at least gained experience in outrageous circumstances we never would have otherwise, producing limitless opportunities for our creativity.

A genre always eager to be our outlet for our frustration and dissatisfaction is dystopian fiction. Not just for YA readers, powerful titles in the genre such as George Orwell’s 1984, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, proves the influential power these types of books have. Often a direct reflection of modern society, dystopian fiction is always relevant, and reiterates that words can move mountains… and challenge corruption.

In Oprelle’s very first short story contest, ‘When Fiction Comes True’, we challenge our writers to write, in 600-3,000 words or less, a short story that takes place in a dystopian setting. All subgenres of fiction are accepted such as, action, romance, mystery, thriller, etc. We’re looking for something deeply stirring, with powerful language and allusions that give us goosebumps.

We hope this will be as cathartic of an experience for you as you write - as it will be for us to read these submissions. Good luck!


Dystopian Fiction CONTEST RULES, Terms and conditions

1. Your information must be able to be verified.

2. Your story must be original in its entirety.

(Your work will be checked for plagiarism, so do not copy another’s words.)

3. You may enter as many times as you like. Just keep in mind that each separate entry costs 10.00

4. Your story must be written in English.

5. Contest entries have a 600-word minimum length, but no longer than 3,000 words.

Your title is not included in word count.

6. Your entry should be typed and submitted as a word or a PDF document. ( No Name on document itself )

Times New Roman – 12 font – 1.5 spaced.

7. We will get back to you on average within 30-60 days after the close of the contest.

8. We cannot respond to every entry, so please do not inquire.


ELIGIBILITY

The contest is open to anyone age 14 and up who writes science fiction.


JUDGING

Contest entries are blind judged by a highly educated panel of 3 experts from team Oprelle who hold advanced degrees in English and Poetry, and/or are published and award-winning writers.

Judges are scoring:

  • Creativity - Surprising,      convincing language that grabs our attention right away, and keeps us      intrigued to the end. Take us on a journey.
  • Originality – A blending of      language and unexpected syntax creates a special overall piece.
  • Substance – The story is well      orchestrated in timing and structure…every word is vital to our full      comprehension.
  • Conventions – (Of course,      grammar rules can be bent in creative writing.) Writer utilizes      punctuation to create a desired tone, to strengthen certain words or      phrases, to give signals, and to indicate pauses.
  • Feeling – This story is filled      with vivid, mesmerizing and intriguing details and/or memorable, concrete      images that provoke emotion.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:


As of February 10, 2022, Oprelle Publications is currently accepting book submissions.


We are looking for new and intriguing voices in a variety of categories.

Our team is particularly fond of Self-Help, YA, Children’s Picture Books,

Historical Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, and Metaphysical reads. But we’re

open to any book with a unique style and voice that readers just can’t put

down.


FOR YOUR INITIAL SUBMISSION, PLEASE SEND A MINIMUM OF 10 PAGES OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT AS A WORD DOC TO SUBMITTABLE. 

You do not need a cover letter, biography, or synopsis at this time. But You must have your full

manuscript ready to submit upon request. You are welcome to send the full

manuscript now if you would prefer.


NOTE: If Oprelle Publications is interested, you should hear something back

from us within 4-8 weeks. If we are not interested, you will not hear back

from us.


If you do not get response, please do not let that reflect on the talent of your

work. Much of publishing has to do with having the right project, at the right

place and the right time. No matter what, keep writing.


(If you would like to have your first 10 body pages of your work critiqued by our lead editor, the price is 60.00. Email that request to Kare@oprelle.com. Our Lead Editor, Brooke Suddeth, will give you an objective perspective and detail your strengths and weaknesses in a page or less.)


CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET A REVIEW ($60)

https://oprellepublications.submittable.com/submit/218261/book-reviews

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We are looking for new and intriguing voices in a variety of categories.
Our team is particularly fond of Self-Help, YA, Children’s Picture Books,
Historical Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, and Metaphysical reads. But we’re
open to any book with a unique style and voice that readers just can’t put
down.

We will review your first 10 body pages of your work critiqued by our lead editor, the price is 60.00. We will provide you with an objective perspective and detail your strengths and weaknesses in a page or less.

We are also looking for books to publish and your work may be exactly what we're looking for!

Oprelle Publications