About the contest

Inkitt's Short Story Contest

Inspired by authors, informed by algorithms, and connected by over a million readers and writers worldwide, Inkitt is opening a new chapter for your short stories!

Inkitt’s Short Story Contest gives authors the opportunity to share their short stories and showcase their talent with readers worldwide.

With millions of Inkitt users, we want to discover the short stories our readers love most, and so the short story with the most likes will win a $150 cash prize.

What you win

  • 1st: $150 cash and a badge for your book cover!
  • 2nd: $50 cash prize
  • 3rd: $30 cash prize

Contest Terms

  • The winners will be selected every month.
  • The word count should be between approximately 5,000 and 10,000 words.
  • Winning authors cannot enter the contest more than once with the same short story.
  • Likes will be reset at the end of the month so we can decide our winners, and ensure contest entries are fair for all
  • We will collect data on your submission from the day you join until the contest's end date.
  • Contests are not genre specific, but fanfiction will not be accepted
  • You may submit multiple entries over multiple months
  • Short stories must be in English
  • You must own the rights to your short story
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • All non-winning entrants will roll over into the next month unless they leave the contest or win.
Check out our Inkitt Writing Contest and Fanfiction Writing Contest
Prizes for Winners

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.