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Kentucky Visions
Short Story Contest

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Contest Rules

  • All submissions must have a Kentucky connection. This means the author must be a current or former resident of Kentucky, or have a family member who is currently a resident of Kentucky, or the story must be set in Kentucky.

  • All submissions must be entirely the creative work of the submitting author.

  • Only stories that have never been published elsewhere, in print or digital, are eligible.

  • Stories written with the assistance of any Artificial Intelligence will not be accepted.

  • Each submission must be written as fiction, even if the events described are true.

  • The maximum word count (as calculated by Microsoft Word’s counter) is 7,500 words.

  • There is no minimum word count. Well-written flash fiction is welcome.

  • Multiple submissions (more than one entry per author) will be accepted, but the submission fee must be paid for each entry.

  • Simultaneous submissions (stories sent simultaneously to other contests or for publication) will be accepted. Please notify us if the story is accepted for publication before the end of the contest.

  • By entering the contest, the author grants Bluegrass Writers Coalition Inc. First Publication Rights if the story is selected as a winner or finalist.

  • The author grants Bluegrass Writers Coalition Inc. the right to use their name and likeness on the corporation’s website, social media, and in publicity outlets.

  • Each submission must adhere to standard manuscript formatting – 12 point font, double spaced, 1” margins, indent each paragraph, no blank lines between paragraphs. Please see here for an example of a properly formatted entry.

  • Entries should be submitted in Word or compatible format, and emailed as a file attachment to Do not paste your story into the body of the email.

  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the story.

  • Entries that fail to adhere to these rules will be not be accepted.

  • Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee. See How to Enter for instructions on paying the entry fee.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable.

Questions? Send us a note through the Contact page.

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