About Fiction500


Welcome to Fiction500, a series of writing contests created to inspire authors and promote excellence in short fiction.  

Fiction 500 invites authors to submit an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words based on the prompt for each contest. We strictly limit submissions to the first 500 entrants. The entry fee is $15, and authors may only submit one story per contest. Fiction500 will provide a unique prompt for each contest. Published authors, editors, agents and creative writing instructors will judge the contests.

Fiction500 awards $500 to the first-place author; $200 for second-place, and $100 for third-place, as determined by the contest judges. 

Fiction500 publishes winning stories on this site, along with additional submissions the judges determine merit honorable mention.  Entries are limited to authors legally residing in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older as of the Contest submission deadline.  Click here for a complete list of contest rules.