Contests open to anyone 18+ only. 

Kelly J Abbott's contests are designed to give winners an opportunity to earn a higher award prize payout while they are busy perfecting their craft. Artists work hard and put a lot of time and energy into their writings, paintings & photography and deserve to be compensated accordingly.

50% of collected entry fees will be paid to 1st-3rd, with 1st receiving the majority and 3rd the least. Since awards depend on the number of entries, I encourage you tell all your friends and family to enter to increase prize amount. (The other 50% is for Submittable membership, advertising, marketing, banking fees, PayPal, Stripe and judging time).

It is up to the discretion of the artist if they would also like their winning submission published on the Facebook group page. 

Only submit an entry in accordance with the genre or contest type, all others will be disqualified, your entry fee will not be refunded. 

We will have multiple contests running through the year based on peom/poetry, short-story fiction, romance, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, mystery, children stories, art, paintings, photography and more.


Winners of the Horror/Thriller/Mystery Short Story Contest deadline October 1, 2019 have been announced!

1st place $1700cad: 

FAMILY MATTERS by William Morales from Virginia, USA

2nd place $550cad:

FINN by Sarah Paris from Colorado, USA

3rd place $300cad:

CRAB FREEDOM by Chad Lutz from Ohio, USA


Winners of the Horror/Thriller/Mystery Short Story Contest deadline November 1, 2019 have been announced!

1st place $525cad:

BOUND BY MARY LYNCH by Cady Wakitsch from Illinois, USA

2nd place $175cad:

OBSESSION by Daniel Gregorash from Drumheller, AB, CANADA

There was a tie for 3rd $75cad each: 

MY TWO FAVORITE PANDAS by 

Rebecca White from Brooklyn, NY, USA

Geneviève Côté - all other info was requested anonymous



Winners of the Open Genre Short Story Contest deadline date January 15, 2020 have been announced!

1st place $550cad: 

I WONT’T TELL... by Ed Bonilla from Stockton, California,USA 

2nd place $300cad: 

HAND-CRAFTED by Polina Simakova Polina Sim(Agrippina Domanski) 

Location to remain anonymous.

3rd place $100cad:

THE DEAL OF THE DAMNED by William Morales from Dumfries, VA, USA


Winners of the Open Genre Short Story Contest deadline date June 1st, 2020 have been announced! 

1st place $575CAD:

MADMEN KNOW NOTHING by Salvatore Sodano from Wantagh, NY, USA

2nd place $300CAD:

RECIPE FOR DISASTER by Nayanika Yellepeddi from Wayland, MA, USA

3rd place $100CAD:

CHILD OF HIS by Alexia Valasquez from Lawrence, MI, USA


Winners of the Open Genre Short Story Contest deadline date June 1, 2021 have been announced!

1st place $575CAD:

WE WEREN'T SUPPOSE TO TALK ABOUT CHARLES by James Valliere from Norfolk, VA, USA

2nd place $275CAD:

Our second place winner, from Chicago, IL, USA, would like to remain anonymous.

3rd place $100CAD:

CENTERPIECE by Kevin Tennert from Naramata, BC, Canada

Kelly J Abbott's contests are designed to give winners an opportunity to earn a higher award payout while they are busy perfecting their craft. Artists work hard and put a lot of time and energy into their writings, paintings & photography and deserve to be compensated accordingly. Winners names will only be published on the Kelly J Abbott Short Story Contest Winners Facebook group. 


Open to anyone 18+ years of age.




Any form of Fiction, all other forms of submissions will be declined.

 5000 max word count, in English.

 Times New Roman 12 point font, double spaced, pages numbered.

 Cover letter with your first name, last name, city, state/province, country, phone number, email address and optional short blurb with whatever information you would like to share about yourself.

 Grammar/punctuation is not as important as your story and your writing.

 No previously published stories, work previously published in print or electronically and/or already collected a prize will not be considered. Previously published authors are welcome. No limit on number of entries, each submission is $25 and each entry must be submitted separately.

 Please abide by the rules of simultaneous submissions with other contests.

50/50 award. 50% of collected entry fees will be paid to 1st-3rd, with 1st receiving the majority and 3rd the least. Since awards depend on the number of entries, I encourage you tell all your friends and family to enter to increase prize amount. Your entry may be published on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kelly-J-Abbott-Short-Story-Contests-2017901411649698/ and my group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1214058315443210/?hc_ref=ARSfI27vq_L55XI4YHiZ93FcpAYvZbOaw4kRpGqMbVAEAA_WaDP2tSALpYC7PYluS18&fref=gs&dti=1214058315443210&hc_location=group

Kelly J Abbott Short Story Contest