​​North State Writers Halloween Short Story Contest.....
North State Writers invites all CWC & writers and authors of the north state to submit their original fiction or nonfiction horror tales, or humorous, fun Halloween stories. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your writing talent and win recognition.
           Awards & Recognition
                   1st Place:    $100
                   2nd Place:   $  50
                   3rd Place     $  25

    (3- Honorable Mentions will be awarded)

(All entries will be eligible for possible entry into a North State Writers Halloween Short Story edition tentatively slated for publication in the fall. Author’s permission will be sought prior to publication).

Submission Requirements (Entries failing to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification)

What to submit: In the spirit of Halloween, fiction and nonfiction submissions must be stories that are horror tales, frightening thrillers, ghost or spiritual encounters, and/or humorous or fun Halloween occurrences.

  • Entries must be original fiction or nonfiction; 12-point Times New Roman font, 1” margins; double-spaced.
  • Entries may not exceed 2500 words in length and must be original fiction or nonfiction. 
  • The author’s name should not appear on the story. Entries are judged anonymously. 
  • Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. 

Who may submit: The competition is open to all California Writers Club members and writers of the north state whose original entry may be published or unpublished. Copyrights remain the property of the author. 

  • Entries will be issued a number to preserve anonymity. 
  • Do not put your name on the work itself.

Where to Submit: Submit entries as a 'Word' attachment via email to kathihiatt@att.net.

  • Writers may submit one or two entries as attachments on the same email with a cover sheet. 
  • Each short story entry requires a separate entry fee. No entry confirmation will be given. 
  • Entries will not be returned.

Deadlines and Entry Fees: The deadline is June 30, 2018. No submissions will be accepted after this date. 

  • The entry fee for each short story entry is $12 for CWC & NSW members, $20 for nonmembers, $15 for students currently enrolled in 12 or more units.  
  • Entry Fees are being accepted at the member’s monthly meeting, or by check, money order, or cashier’s check (made out to North State Writers) via mail:

           North State Writers
           PO Box 6734
           Chico, CA 95927

Submissions will be accepted for publishing consideration only after receipt of payment. 

Winners will be announced and awards will be presented at the ‘North State Writers Family Picnic’ in July 2018. Winning entries will be in a special 2018 Halloween edition of the NSW newsletter, The Quill.

Works that are considered proselytizing, libelous or gratuitous vulgarity/obscenity will not be considered.






A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple piece that touches our readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. These stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup for the Soul stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle and an end. The stories often close with a punch, creating emotion, rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories has heart, but also something extra—an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A good story causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family, you will receive our exclusive contributors’ communiqué and you will be entitled to buy cases of books from us at a discount.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul story

1. Tell an exciting, heartwarming or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Your story should be written in the first person and should be about yourself or someone close to you.
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”
3. The story should start “in the action” and draw in the reader. Do not start your story with an introduction about what you are going to say, or end with a concluding paragraph about what you just said.
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5. Keep your story to 1200 words or less. Tighten, tighten, tighten!
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One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.  www.glimmertrain.org

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place - $2,500): Welcome in January/February, May/June, and September/October. Open only to emerging writers who haven’t had fiction appear in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 4,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Very Short Fiction (1st place - $2,000): Welcome in March/April and July/August. We invite any length stories from 300 to 3,000 words.

Fiction Open (1st place - $3,000): Welcome in March/April, and July/August. Open to all subjects and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Family Matters (1st place - $2,500): Welcome in November/December. Calling for stories about families of all configurations. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in April and November.
Open to all. $2 processing fee. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter lengths are welcome.