Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | October 8, 2011

RJ Julia Short Story Contest

Check out this short story contest sponsored by RJ Julia Booksellers and Shore Publishing.

Are You a Winning Writer?

Winning a writing contest can bring you recognition and help get your work noticed by agents and editors. Find out if you have what it takes by entering the Zip06, “Strictly Short Stories Writing Contest”, which launches today, Thursday, Oct. 6.

The contest, sponsored by R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, is open to writers age 21 and up, who live in our towns of coverage, and who have access to the Internet for online submission.

The competition is open to previously unpublished prose written in English. We are looking for short story manuscripts of 2,500 words or less, on any theme, and in any style.

Stories will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Enter between Thursday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 1. Our winner will be announced the week of Dec. 12, and the winning entry will be published in print and online at A Grand Prize will be presented by R.J. Julia and runner up prizes from the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

Full information on the “Strictly Short Stories Writing Contest” is available on Here is a rundown of the basic contest rules:

1. Open to writers aged 21 and over.

2. Write on any theme. Word limit is 2,500. Please keep language appropriate for a family audience.

3. Entry is by completing an online entry form and uploading manuscript in Microsoft Word (“.doc”). No handwritten submissions accepted.

4. No revision submissions accepted.

5. We will not enter into any correspondence about entries or results. We will not provide any feedback on individual entries.

6. Stories will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality.

7. Entries will be judged by Shore Publishing staff.

8. Entries must be entirely original work and not previously published.

9. Copyright remains with author.

10. The winning entry will be published in print and online at

11. By submitting an entry, the author agrees to accept these rules in full.

For additional questions about the contest guidelines, please email



  1. I have tried to respond to the web site suggested above but it will not accept my password.

    I would like to submit an essay I wrote on Word. May I send it as an attachment?

    Obviously, I’m not clear on the submission process.

    Thank you,
    Nancy Simonds

  2. Nancy,
    You should contact Barbara Douglas at this email address… with any questions regarding the process of entering. Unfortunately, I do not have any more information and am not involved in the contest.
    I hope this helps.

  3. I can’t access B.Douglas because they also want a password and the site won’t accept it. I don’t want to give up because I believe my article is worth submitting. There must be a way. Sorry to be a pest.

    By the way, I know two other people experiencing the same problem.

    Thanks again,
    Nancy Simonds

    • Nancy, I am not sure I understand the problem. As I suggested, please send an email to She will be able to answer your question. Also, check any of the Shore Publishing Newspapers for information.

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