The 2017 Submission Period is Open!

“Candies library” by Ryowazza

Today is the day!

Welcome to the 2017 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest! We’re excited to read your short stories!


  • Anyone can enter! No matter how old you are, where you are from, how you identify, how much experience you have, or how many publications you have, you are welcome to enter your work!
  • All entries should be blind. And if you forget to remove your contact information, I will do it for you. The readers and judges will have no idea who you are!
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions! We do not publish any entries, and so you are welcome to submit them to our contest as well as to other publishers.
  • We welcome multiple submissions! There is no entry to how many stories you can send us. The entry fee is $5 per entry and will support a wonderful cause.
  • Entry is only $5 – Canadian! These days, that’s less than $4 US – one of the cheapest writing contests out there!

You can read the full contest rules here. If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to contact Charlotte Ashley, Contest Administrator.

So, pay your entry fees here and then send your speculative stories to The submission period will close at midnight on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

Best of luck, everyone!

Posted on February 17, 2017, in Announcements, Status Updates. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dear Whomever You May Be:
    On my part, not a shekel, not a farthing, nor a red cent will be forthcoming. The fulfillment in stimulating the minds of budding writers should be sufficient recompense. Let the angels of your better nature usher forth those worthy souls labouring in obscurity into the light of public knowledge. I have written many stories, poems and essays but have yet to seek a publisher. Writing, first and foremost, should be for one’s own enjoyment. Those writers who put pen to paper in order to seek the attention of others are mercenaries who, by and large, do not derive a scintilla of pleasure from what they do; preening peacocks who put image and notoriety before the art of creation. Giving the people what they want, as it were. I take the view that one should let the blossoms grow on the tree until finally it bears the fruits of success and the readers will come to you.

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