On The Premises is a Web-based fiction magazine published in both HTML and PDF formats. New issues are published every four months.
Stories published in On The Premises are winning entries in contests held every four months. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise supplied by our editors.
If you want to know when new contests begin,
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We also have a blog about writing and editing, and
you can visit us on Facebook too.
On The Premises aims to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write what we feel are creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. Entrants pay no fees, and winners receive cash prizes in addition to exposure through publication.
First prize for short story contests is US $180. For more details, see Prizes.
We Will Critique Stories That Don’t Win
We provide a free critique to any contestant whose entry makes the top ten but doesn’t get published.
If your entry does not make the top ten and you’d like it critiqued anyway, we’ll critique it, but our critiquing business may be changing. See here for more information.
Our Sense of Fair Play
No one associated with producing On The Premises is allowed to enter the magazine’s contests.
(People who were associated with producing OTP, but who no longer are, may enter contests after some period of time has passed. Such instances are handled on a case-by-case basis.)
Some of our staff offer freelance services in areas such as writing, editing, and artwork. For instance, our noted book illustrator and graphic artist Matt Howarth is available for a wide range of artistic needs. Here’s his commercial portfolio. Send inquiries to Questions@OnThePremises.com.
We may expand these services, so watch this space!