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LLA and Hydra Publications will sponsor the 2023 Writer's Block Prize Short Story Contest

OPENS: February 10

DEADLINE: March 19


  • One first place winner will receive a $300 Prize and an invitation to read at the 2023 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY.   

  • Hydra Publications will publish the top 20 publications in an anthology collection.

  • LLA Board of Directors will be the judges. 

  • Winner announced on April 19, 2023.


  • Submit a short story of any genre (2,000-5,000 words).

  • Up to 3 multiple entries will be considered; Entry fee applies to each submission.

  • Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere in the document. Documents that include author identification will be disqualified. 

  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. 

  • Only submit unpublished work. Please notify us and withdraw your work through Submittable if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Entry fee: $20.00

Writer's Block Prize
Short Story Contest

February 10 - March 19, 2023

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