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Competition: Literary Taxidermy Short Story

Article by Writing IE Admin © 5 April 2019 writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Competition deadline: June 4th, 2019

Regulus Press invites you to enter the 2019 LITERARY TAXIDERMY SHORT STORY COMPETITION for your chance to win up to $500 in cash as well as publication in the next Literary Taxidermy Anthology. Last year’s competition was such a success, we’ve decided to come back for more! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your name in front of readers, and your work in front of literary professionals.

To enter, you must produce an original story of up to 2500 words in any genre. The catch: We provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest. This year’s literary taxidermy draws its opening and closing lines from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. To participate, you must write your own short story that starts and ends with the same opening and closing lines as Ray Bradbury’s classic work.

Terms and Conditions

General Rules

The 2019 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition (LTSSC) is open to everyone.
Authors may not submit their LTSSC stories anywhere else during the duration of the LTSSC.

Story Content

Your story must be a new and original work that has not been previously published.
Your story must include the opening and closing lines, as given.
Your story must be in English.
Your story must be fewer than 2500 words in length. (That includes the title, as well as the opening and closing lines.) There is no minimum length.
There are NO GENRE REQUIREMENTS. Everything’s fair game: satire, tragedy, science fiction, fantasy, suspense, detective, romance, hyper realism, magical realism, plain old realism, speculative fiction, flash fiction, meta-fiction, meta-meta-fiction, screenplay, poetry, et cetera.

Submission Format

Your manuscript must be easy to read: double-spaced 12 pt Times (or a similar size and typeface). Your text color must be black; your page color must be white.
Your manuscript must be page-numbered and included the story name on the top of each page. (For example, “Story Title – Page 5.”)
Your manuscript must NOT include your name nor any contact details. (We require authorial anonymity for our judges.)
Your manuscript must be a Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or plain text document. Authors are encouraged to use one of our Manuscript Templates. Templates are available for Microsoft Word and Apple Pages.

Entry Fee

A USD $10 Entry Fee is required for each story submitted to the competition.
The Entry Fee must be paid via PayPal. You may pay here: The 2019 Competition

How to Submit Your Story

Your story will be accepted in digital format only.
Your story must be sent to contest2019@literarytaxidermy.com as a single document attachment. It must arrive before the competition deadline.
The filename of your document should derive from the title of your story. Do NOT use your name as any part of the filename.
If you are submitting multiple stories, each story must be sent in a separate email. (Note: A USD $10 Entry Fee is required for each story submitted to the competition.)
Any error in submission format may mean that your entry will not be considered, so please double-check.
Learn more about submitting your story here: The 2019 Competition


Regulus Press, with the input of the Competition Judges, will determine the winning, runner-up, and honorable mention stories for the Competition.
Regulus Press, with the input of the Competition Judges, may determine no winner, runners-up, and/or honorable mentions for the 2019 competition if they find no submission that, in their estimation, merits award.
All decisions made by Regulus Press regarding the winners, runners-up, and honorable-mentions are final.
The group of Competition Judges may be changed at any time without notice.


All submissions must be received before 04 June 2019 at 12:00 PM PST. Late entries will NOT be considered.
Winning entries will be announced in September 2019 on the Literary Taxidermy website. Winners and runners-up will be contacted by email.


The author of the winning story in the 2019 Competition will receive a USD $500 cash prize.
The author of a runner-up story will receive a USD $50 cash prize.
All winning and runner-up stories will be published in the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology.
The author of the winning story will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology.
Those authors whose story received honorable mention will be listed in the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology.

Authors’ Rights and Responsibilities

Authors retain the rights to the stories they submit to the LTSSC.
Winning and runner-up authors, in exchange for aforementioned LTSSC awards (prize money and/or a copy of the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology), grant first English-language publication rights to Regulus Press. Winning and runner-up authors will receive no additional compensation for participation in the LTSSC or for publication in the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology.
Winning and runner-up authors will be required to sign and return any applicable documents sent by Regulus Press related to the LTSSC, which may include but are not limited to a letter of award acceptance, waiver of liability, and an affidavit of eligibility within three (3) days of notification.
By participating in the LTSSC, each author represents and warrants that: (i) the submission is original to the author, and all right, title and interest (including but not limited to copyright) therein and thereto is exclusively owned and/or controlled by the author to the full extent necessary to enable Regulus Press to use the submission as contemplated by these Competition Rules; (ii) the submission does not contain any material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the submission is created; (iii) the submission does not infringe upon the intellectual property or other statutory or common law rights of any third party (including but not limited to copyright, trademark, personality or privacy rights); (iv) Regulus Press’ use and re-use of the submission in accordance with the terms set out herein will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party (including copyright), or require any payment to or consent/permission from any third party; and (v) the submission has not been previously exploited or published in any form, and no rights in or to the submission have been granted, pledged, or assigned to any third party which would interfere with or derogate from the rights granted to Regulus Press as described in these Competition Rules.
By participating in the LTSSC, each author grants permission for Regulus Press to use their submission for editorial, advertising, and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
By participating in the LTSSC, each author agrees to hold Regulus Press, their advertising and promotion agencies and their affiliates, partners, representative agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors, and employees harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the LTSSC or acceptance or use of the awards.
Expenses not specifically included in awards description, including but not limited to all taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winning and runner-up authors
After publication of the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Anthology, the winner and runners-up are free to publish their stories anywhere, so long as credit is given to Regulus Press and the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition.

Further information available here.