Writing Competition


Nevermore Edits is proud to announce the First Annual Nevermore Edits Writing Competition! As of August 15, 2016, we are open for submissions. The thirteen lucky winners—three placed and ten honorable mentions—will be published in Volume One of our brand new anthology Forbidden Lore.


In a Nutshell


The last day to enter the contest is March 15, 2017, but you don't want to wait until the last day! Between now and February 28, 2017, the entry fee for the contest is only $10. Between March 1, 2017, and March 15, 2017, a late entry fee of $15 will apply. Any entries that arrive after 11:59:59 p.m. CST on March 15, 2017, will be ineligible to win.

What do you need to do to enter? Simple. First, you need a working email address. Next, you need a manuscript. Your manuscript can be in any genre except romance, erotica, and inspirational fiction. We're a writing group that focuses primarily in the area of critique, and we feel equipped to tackle any genre except for the ones we've excluded. We just don't think we can give manuscripts in those genres a fair shake.

Paying the entry fee requires a working credit card. Stripe processes all of our entry fees, so you're not actually giving us any of your information. Also, don't be too worried about being charged for an entry that's not eligible. We won't charge you until I've made sure everything's copacetic. For any questions about the administration of the contest, you can email me and ask me anything.

We only accept one manuscript per entry fee. Every manuscript should be in English. Formatting should be in the accepted industry-standard for short stories. We're only accepting unpublished works at this time. Your manuscript should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Most importantly, our judges are going to be judging every manuscript anonymously, so you should make sure that there is no identifying information on any page of your manuscript. If you did all the stuff I put in bold, you should be good. Just in case, though, you might want to check out the long-form of the Official Rules.

You must be an adult who is not a member of Nevermore Edits to enter. It's a federal law thing here in the United States, and we have to abide by it.

Winning & Prizes


Winning is pretty simple. Our judges fill out a score sheet where they give your manuscript a score of 1 through 5 in ten different domains (e.g., plot, characters, setting, narrative voice, etc.). I get the sheet and tally up the points, multiplying your score by two so that the maximum score is a 100 and the minimum score is a 20. Then I take the average of your seven judges' scores. That becomes your final score.

The top final score wins our first place prize: $100. The second-from-the-top final score wins our second place prize: $50. The third-from-the-top final score wins our third place prize: $25. The next ten top final scores win honorable mentions. All thirteen of these winners get published in Volume One of Forbidden Lore, to be released after the winners are announced on June 15, 2017.

Ready? Set. Go!


Want to know more about the contest? Read our Official Rules! Get to know Our Judges! Once you've done all that, you're ready to fill out our...

Entry Form