30 September 2019.





Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon

Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the 1st and 20th paragraphs, and the short story writer crafts the rest. First prize is $3000, 2nd prize is $2000, and 3rd prize is $1000 with the winning short stories published in a short story anthology

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Their goal is to discover new and upcoming authors whose works stimulate the imagination. They have received grants from the Goethe-Institut as well as the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture. 

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Winners will be notified in December 2019.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • There’s no cost to enter.

  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English.

  • 50 Paragraphs total – including the 1st and 20th provided in the submission form.

  • No maximum word count, but each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words – this isn’t flash fiction so feel free to use as many words as you need to tell the story.

  • Dialogue is fine as long as it’s in a paragraph of at least 40 words.

  • Authors retain all rights to their short stories.

  • Winning authors agree to permit Owl Canyon Press to publish their stories in an Anthology.

  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in disqualification.

Opportunity Cost


  • The First prize is $3000.
  • The 2nd prize is $2000.
  • The 3rd prize is $1000.
  • The winning short stories published in a short story anthology.
  • An invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO.
  •  The twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this anthology.

How to Apply

First Step: Create Account on this website here.

Second Step: Fill out the application on this website.

Apply Now

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This Scholarship Published by:
Esraa Badawi/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Hanine Aymen/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team