Behind The Veil

The Elegant Literature award for new writers.

Behind The Veil

FEBRUARY AWARDS

1st Place:
$3000 Elegant Literature Award
10c/word and publication
Free enrollment in New Novelist Accelerator

2nd – 10th Place:
10c/word and publication

11th – 35th Place:
$20

Early Bird
Now Novel Package ($65 value)

Current Submission Count:

6

Updated February 5th at 1pm

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Submissions Closed

About the Contest

Write a story involving behind the veil, and a cork.
$3,000 grand prize.

How do you feel as you lift the wedding veil? As you lay the burial shroud? When you stand at life’s final doorway, will you look back and say you tried to reveal truth, or to conceal it?

Veils obscure what’s right in front of our eyes. The great wizard is only a man behind the curtain. It’s smoke and mirrors—and there’s always another secret. Try to read between the lines and glean the truth wrapped in lies. Disguises, double-meanings, and false trails. Even the sun hides behind the moon. Be wary of peering too closely at the darkness, where unseen creatures shift in the night. But light blinds as easily as shadows, so hold your lantern high and hope the lighthouse pierces the fog. Still, veils keep us safe. Sane. Just ask anyone who’s glimpsed the future and seen their death. Is reality that brittle? But hush now, the masked performers are waiting backstage. The curtain rises, our story begins.

This contest invites you to explore behind the veil, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close February 28th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest only open to new writers.

More details below

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Past Judges

Read stories from
the last contest.

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Are you a new or unpublished author? We want to see your work. Check out the link below to learn what we are looking for.

Submission Guidelines

Contest Short Rules


Who can enter?
New or unpublished authors, from anywhere in the world (excluding Quebec, Canada). Full details here.

Prize: 
1st place: $3,000 USD. Free enrollment in the New Novelist Accelerator.
2nd – 10th: 10c/word and publication.
11th – 35th: $20 USD and an honorable mention in the magazine.

Early Bird: Now Novel Package, including lifetime membership, plot and character guides (est. value $65 USD). Awarded to the top judged, non-published story submitted by the 15th of the month.

How to enter: Sign up for an Elegant+ Membership and visit the Members Area, or click “Enter Now” on the contest page. Fill out the form and copy/paste (preferred method) or upload a file containing your work.

Important Dates: 
The contest opens at 12:01 am EST on February 1st.
The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on February 28th.
Winners will be announced on April 1st.

Entries: 
Unlimited. English language only. Must follow the contest theme/prompt and include the word “cork” (or corks, uncorked, etc).

Length:
Minimum 500 words. Maximum 2000. Word count does not include title of work.

Guest Head Judge:
Jordan Kantey

Selection Criteria:
The Judge will choose the winner based on:

Creativity
Character
Structure & Flow
Quality of Writing

For more information, please see the full Contest Rules.

For answers to common questions, please see the FAQ.

We have a uniquely streamlined Publication Process. Read about it here.

See our Submission Guidelines for information on how to increase your chance of selection.

The Elegant Literature award for new writers.

FEBRUARY AWARDS

1st Place:
$3000 Elegant Literature Award
10c/word and publication
Free enrollment in New Novelist Accelerator

2nd – 10th Place:
10c/word and publication

11th – 35th Place:
$20

Early Bird
Now Novel Package ($65 value)

Current Submission Count:

6

Updated February 5th at 1pm

Days
Hours
Minutes

Meet The Previous Winners

About the Contest

Write a story involving behind the veil, and a cork.
$3,000 grand prize.

How do you feel as you lift the wedding veil? As you lay the burial shroud? When you stand at life’s final doorway, will you look back and say you tried to reveal truth, or to conceal it?

Veils obscure what’s right in front of our eyes. The great wizard is only a man behind the curtain. It’s smoke and mirrors—and there’s always another secret. Try to read between the lines and glean the truth wrapped in lies. Disguises, double-meanings, and false trails. Even the sun hides behind the moon. Be wary of peering too closely at the darkness, where unseen creatures shift in the night. But light blinds as easily as shadows, so hold your lantern high and hope the lighthouse pierces the fog. Still, veils keep us safe. Sane. Just ask anyone who’s glimpsed the future and seen their death. Is reality that brittle? But hush now, the masked performers are waiting backstage. The curtain rises, our story begins.

This contest invites you to explore behind the veil, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close February 28th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest only open to new writers.

More details below

Share on

Meet The Head Judge

Past Judges

Read stories from
the last contest.

Get it in your inbox (it’s free).

Are you a new or unpublished author? We want to see your work. Check out the link below to learn what we are looking for.

Submission Guidelines

Contest Short Rules


Who can enter?
New or unpublished authors, from anywhere in the world (excluding Quebec, Canada). Full details here.

Prize: 
1st place: $3,000 USD. Free enrollment in the New Novelist Accelerator.
2nd – 10th: 10c/word and publication.
11th – 35th: $20 USD and an honorable mention in the magazine.

Early Bird: Now Novel Package, including lifetime membership, plot and character guides (est. value $65 USD). Awarded to the top judged, non-published story submitted by the 15th of the month.

How to enter: Sign up for an Elegant+ Membership and visit the Members Area, or click “Enter Now” on the contest page. Fill out the form and copy/paste (preferred method) or upload a file containing your work.

Important Dates: 
The contest opens at 12:01 am EST on February 1st.
The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on February 28th.
Winners will be announced on April 1st.

Entries: 
Unlimited. English language only. Must follow the contest theme/prompt and include the word “cork” (or corks, uncorked, etc).

Length:
Minimum 500 words. Maximum 2000. Word count does not include title of work.

Guest Head Judge:
Jordan Kantey

Selection Criteria:
The Judge will choose the winner based on:

Creativity
Character
Structure & Flow
Quality of Writing

For more information, please see the full Contest Rules.

For answers to common questions, please see the FAQ.

We have a uniquely streamlined Publication Process. Read about it here.

See our Submission Guidelines for information on how to increase your chance of selection.