Enter The Epy Shorts 2018!

The Epy Shorts 2018 is a traditional novel writing contest that aims to help Episode writers build on and sharpen their
traditional writing skills. We hope to encourage writers to master the basics first before moving on to
complex branching, spot directing or adding visuals and sound effects.

Writers are given a number of prompts to base their short stories on.
Short stories are to be at least 900 words to (ideally) 2000 words (max 4000).

Short stories are to:

  • be written in the English Language
  • include dialogue
  • be neatly paragraphed and formatted in a legible font type, in font size 11.

All panel members will review each story and collectively (as a group) pick out their Top 10 shortlisted stories.

Discussion will be carried out and decisions on the Top 6 Winners will be selected.

Results will be announced in early January. (No written feedback will be given due to a small panel and
short reviewing time)

ANYONE CAN ENTER! (Excluding Short panelists, of course!)

Top 1 Winner will:

  • receive a $15 gift card from an online store of your choice (eBay, Amazon or iTunes) (ONLY if winner if above 16 with the ability (and parental permission if under 18) to purchase goods online.
  • receive a quality (single-character) digital portrait (chest-up) of any person they choose drawn by one
    of the panelists/prize givers.
  • featured on Instagram, Official Website, Twitter.

Top 6 Winners will:

  • receive a quality (single-character) digital portrait (chest-up) of any person they choose drawn by one
    of the panelists/prizegivers.
  • featured on Instagram, Official Website, Twitter.

Top 10 Shortlisted Stories will:

  • featured on Instagram, Official Website, Twitter.


  1. Stories MUST be of your own intellectual property. You will continue to hold full copyright over your written work.

  2. Stories should not promote, glorify or depict questionable content such as;

  • excessive violence or assault, including but not limited to sexual assault, murder, and torture against
    humans or animals;
  • hate speech or content that promotes hatred or discrimination against individuals or groups, on the
    basis of race, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, disability, gender, age, or sexual orientation;
  • suicide, self-harm, abuse, or bullying;
  • excessive alcohol, tobacco or drug usage;
  • pornographic content, nudity, or prostitution;
  • slanders or libels a person or third party;
  • excessive use of profanity or sexually explicit phrases;
  • excessive promotion of the use of firearms, explosives, and ammunition; and excessive promotion
    of a political agenda.
  • plagiarism of coprighted material.
  1. Stories should be newly written (meaning have not been published before on Wattpad or Episode
    and extracted from there) within the contest submission period:

1st August - 15th November 2018

  1. Stories should be written in 900 - 4000 words, and divided into chapters, if needed.

  2. Stories do not need to have a definite conclusion, however, must have some sort of finalization OR
    a deliberate and obvious open-ended ending.

  3. Writers may submit more than one entry for the contest, but are limited to a total of 3 submissions,
    and 1 entry PER prompt.

  4. Stories must be written in traditional novel writing and submitted in .docx format and uploaded through
    our submission form.

a) Documents should include;
(1) Title of Story, (2) Author Name, (3) Word Count.

b) Documents should be titled: AuthorName_TitleOfStory_Prompt(A).docx

  1. Stories must submit all the required info through the google form.
    Any missing info will result in the disqualification.

  2. After submitting through google form, ALL entrants are to repost the Epy Shorts IG posters 1 - 3 on our IG page
    (@theepyawards), along with their preferred visual artist’s poster, using the #epyshorts2018 hashtag in the caption, and
    tagging us @theepyawards & the IG username of the artist you prefer in the image and caption.

  3. Only individual entries are allowed, no collaborations!

Failure to follow guidelines will result in the disqualification of the entry.

HOW TO ENTER: Instructions and links to submission form are provided below

Requirements: Because the contest is based on the Instagram platform, you will NEED to have an Instagram account!

For more information on the Epy Awards: http://www.theepyawards.com

Best of luck to all entrants!

S. R. Grae
Head of Epy Awards


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