Fearless Friendship

The first magazine to pay professional rates and only accept submissions from new writers.

Current Submission Count:

86

Updated June 30th at 5pm

JUNE PRIZES

1st Place:
$3000 + 10c/word and publication

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

11th – 35th Place:
$20

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About the Contest

Write a story involving friendship, and a ring.
$3,000 grand prize.

Who would you call to bail you out of jail? Is there a friend good enough to drop what they’re doing and lend a hand? No, of course not, because they’re locked up right beside you…

Our stories are full of fearless friendships: from grand quests fighting evil to owners rescuing pets. But fearless doesn’t need to be heroic. It can be that friend who’s always up for anything. Pushing our comfort zone and forcing us to be brave, or dangerously reckless. Friends stand up for us in hard times, give us a shoulder to cry on, and fight back against our bullies and enemies. They speak their minds when we’re in the wrong. A friend will push us to be better and go further. So what, if they call and ask us to meet them in the woods with a pair of shovels…

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

Submissions close June 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest only open to new writers.

More details below

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Meet the Judge

Creag Munroe

Creag is the founder and editor-in-chief of Elegant Literature. He is dedicated to helping new writers achieve success.

Creag is a writing coach and an avid reader who inhales novels at an alarming rate, preferring SF/F as the main staple of his diet. He resides in Toronto, Canada, but swims with sharks and drives motorcycles in monsoons whenever duty allows.

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New or unpublished authors, from anywhere in the world (excluding Quebec, Canada).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.
2nd – 10th: 10c/word and publication.
11th – 35th: $20 USD and an honorable mention in the magazine.

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 June 1st.
The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th.
Winners will be announced on August 1st.

Entries: 
Unlimited. English language only. Must follow the contest theme/prompt and include the word “ring”.

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

Head Judge:
Creag Munroe

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.

Fearless Friendship

The first magazine to pay professional rates and only accept submissions from new writers.

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
Submissions Closed

The first magazine to pay professional rates and only accept submissions from new writers.

JUNE PRIZES

1st Place:
$3000 + 10c/word and publication

2nd – 10th:
10c/word and publication

11th – 35th:
$20

Current Submission Count:

86

Updated June 30th at 5pm

About the Contest

Write a story involving friendship, and a ring.
$3,000 grand prize.

Who would you call to bail you out of jail? Is there a friend good enough to drop what they’re doing and lend a hand? No, of course not, because they’re locked up right beside you…

Our stories are full of fearless friendships: from grand quests fighting evil to owners rescuing pets. But fearless doesn’t need to be heroic. It can be that friend who’s always up for anything. Pushing our comfort zone and forcing us to be brave, or dangerously reckless. Friends stand up for us in hard times, give us a shoulder to cry on, and fight back against our bullies and enemies. They speak their minds when we’re in the wrong. A friend will push us to be better and go further. So what, if they call and ask us to meet them in the woods with a pair of shovels…

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

Submissions close June 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest only open to new writers.

More details below.

Days
Hours
Minutes
Share on
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Share on twitter
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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.
2nd – 10th: 10c/word and publication.
11th – 35th: $20 USD and an honorable mention in the magazine.

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 June 1st.
The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th.
Winners will be announced on August 1st.

Entries: 
Unlimited. English language only. Must follow the contest theme/prompt and include the word “ring”.

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

Head Judge:
Creag Munroe

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.