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2024 Summer Fiction and Nonfiction Contest


1st Place - $300

The winning story or essay will be published online in the Sad Girl Diaries Magazine.


Contest Description:

Welcome to the Summer Fiction and Nonfiction Contest! We want to see emotional writing that explores what it means to be human. Please check out a few stories/creative nonfiction pieces from the 'Magazine' section of this site to get a feel for the types of writing we publish. We look forward to seeing what you have to offer.


Submissions for this contest will close on September 15, 2024 and the winner will be announced on October 15, 2024 on our website and via email.

We charge a reading fee of $15 per submission. We also offer options to receive feedback on your submission for an additional charge.


Please submit your work and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • You may submit up to:

    • 1 short story under 4,000 words.​

    • 1 creative nonfiction piece under 6,000 words.

    • 3 flash fiction stories under 1,000 words each (submitted in one document).

  • Please send your work in a single Word Document.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but only unpublished work will be considered for this contest. Please withdraw your submission if it's accepted elsewhere.

  • Multiple entries are allowed.

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