Contest Information

You’ve all waited patiently, and now it’s time to announce the new Charles Carter short story contest theme: A Character Study

For this contest we want you to explore one of the most essential tenets of storytelling. Show us the broken, brilliant, triumphant and resilient people who live inside your pages. Put them in difficult situations, let them grapple with themselves and with others. Whatever you do, don’t hold back. You have a maximum of 3,500 words to write the most compelling character you can! 


Opening of Submissions – September 14

Closing of Submissions – October 31

Announcement of Winners – Early December


First place: $50, a spotlighted post on our anthology, a guaranteed space in our upcoming issue, and a picture of the Charles Carter staff giving your piece a thumbs-up

Second and third place: honorable mentions and a place in our anthology

Submission Information

No Submission Fee!

Accepted file types: .pdf and .docx

Length must not exceed 3500 words

Documents should be double-spaced, 12 size font, Times New Roman

Do NOT include name in the body of the document; there will be a space for author information in the submission form

Submissions are capped at 1 piece per individual author

Click here to submit