2018 Contest Schedule
Here's the contest list for 2018! Do note that we may change dates throughout the year, though we won't change contest deadlines in the midst of the contest. Please do check back when a contest approaches to verify all deadlines.
As always, these contests are held in addition to the regular monthly contests. The "starts" date is the date we will begin posting contest submissions (though you can submit before then if need be).
The "closes" date is the very last day you can submit. (So long as your story is submitted on the "closes" date, your story will be counted in the contest, even if the story isn't posted that day.)
DO read ALL contest rules. We had many cases of authors not putting the proper phrase in the NOTES field, which meant that we couldn't find their submission and thus they were not entered in contests.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do read the special contest announcements when they are posted (usually around two weeks before the contest start).
themes: romantic love, Valentine's Day, Cupid, sensuality, etc.
starts: January 19
closes: February 6
winners announced: February 13
themes: Stories (humorous or otherwise) of surprise meetings, humor, tricks, trick endings, and other themes of deception, chance, and/or misunderstandings (happy or otherwise)
starts: March 01
closes: March 20
winners announced: March 27
National Nude Day
themes: public nudity, exhibitionism, etc.
starts: June 20
closes: July 11
winners announced: July 18
themes: warm weather, summer activities, bikinis, etc.
starts: August 21
closes: September 6
winners announced: September 13
themes: scary stuff, costumes, Halloween traditions (trick-or-treating, etc.), etc.
starts: October 2
closes: October 23
winners announced: October 30
themes: winter holiday traditions (dreidels, gift giving, etc.), cold weather (snow), holiday mythology (Santa, elves), etc.
starts: November 9
closes: December 7
winners announced: December 14