Creative Writing Contest: Now with more prizes!

post by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2021-10-14T07:12:40.278Z · EA · GW · 1 comments


  The stories so far
    still time to submit!
  Updates on the contest
1 comment

We launched the Creative Writing Contest [EA · GW] one month ago. I'm sharing:

The stories so far

We've had 44 submissions [? · GW] (defined as "posts with the contest tag + recommendations on the submission thread + private submissions").

As a judge, I'm trying not to read anything until the judging process begins, and I've... almost succeeded. (I check r/rational more days than not, so the "see story, read story" instinct is powerful.)

But you, reader, are not bound by this limitation! I envy your ability to click the contest tag [? · GW], find an interesting title, and dive in. 

You could also be contrarian and look for the least interesting title. Maybe you'll find a hidden gem.

There's still time to submit! 

You have until 11:59 pm PST on October 29th. 

Submissions don't have to be long. I can easily imagine a 500-word entry (flash fiction, a well-done thought experiment...) winning a prize.

Updates on the contest

More prizes

Thanks to a generous donation from Owen Cotton-Barratt, we've increased the total prize amount from $10,000 to $22,000! More details here [EA · GW].

Private submissions

Several authors made the point that "publish your story on the Forum" is a steep requirement for someone who might want to sell that story somewhere else. So we opened the option to submit something privately, to be published only if you win.


At present, our judging panel consists of:

One or two more people may join later.

We'll split submissions between the judges to keep the workload manageable. Each judge will recommend a few favorites to the rest, and we'll work out the final winners via discussion.


This isn't really news, but it's a reminder: I offer feedback [EA · GW] on Forum posts, including entries to this contest. I've already talked to a few people who wanted to know whether their work was a good fit, and I'd be happy to help you.

(If you end up submitting something I've seen, I'll make sure it goes to another judge.)


Comments sorted by top scores.

comment by Nathan Young (nathan) · 2021-10-12T08:49:48.549Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for all you do Aaron and thanks to the judges for giving their time. And thanks to all who write. I'm really looking forward to reading them.