Latest Short Story Contests

Here’s a comprehensive list of all of our open short story contests.


StarkLight Volume 5 CLOSED

This latest edition of our classic StarkLight Anthology series features an open-ended prompt involving any sort of speculative fiction, horror, sci-fi, fantasy or other story, 2500-10,000 words.

Submission deadline is Feb. 28, 2017.

Look for an announcement for our StarkLight Volume 6 short story contest coming later this summer!


Shamrocks, Saints and Standing Stones Vol. 2

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The second volume in our St. Patrick’s Day themed anthology is officially open to submission requests! This prompt-driven story anthology will require authors to request entry to the anthology.

Please contact us at or via our Facebook Page   if you would like to take part in this very special anthology.

Deadline for inclusion in the anthology is March 31, 2017. As you can see, apply early for admission to this anthology or resign yourself to writing against a tight deadline 🙂

Great Ladies Vol. 2


Continued interest in the Great Ladies franchise has prompted StarkLight Press to place a call for submissions to the second volume of this anthology. Stories should be similar to the Great Men anthology, featuring a historical fiction tale or an adventure inspired by the Great Lady of your choosing. Submissions between 2500-10,000 words.

Submission deadline is May 30, 2017


Steam in the Gears

This is a brilliant new Steampunk short story anthology with a summertime flavor. Stories can feature Victorian romance as well as gothic horror, adventure and speculative genres.

Submissions should be between 3000-9000 words, sent in .odt or .doc format. Please include bio and links in a separate file with your submission.

Contest closes June 18, 2016.


Look for announcements about StarkLight Press’ 2nd Annual 24 Hour Poetry Marathon coming later this year!