Welcome to
On The Premises magazine!

Here’s our latest issue (April 2015)

Here’s our
current short story contest.

On The Premises is a Web-based fiction magazine published in both HTML and PDF formats. Starting in 2015, full-length issues are published in April and October.

Stories published in On The Premises are winning entries in short story contests launched in December and June. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise supplied by our editors.

We also hold "mini-contests" four times a year: in April, May, October, and November.

If you want to know when new contests begin,
subscribe to our (free, short, monthly) newsletter.

We also have an old blog about writing and editing, and
you can visit us
on Facebook too.

Our Purpose
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.


Our Prizes
For short story contests, first prize is $220, second is $160, third is $120, and honorable mention is $60.

For mini-contests (which occur between short story contests), first prize is $25, second is $15, third is $10. Honorable mentions get published but earn no money.



We Will Critique Short Stories That Don’t Win
See here for more information. We will not critique mini-contest entries; they’re too short for a critique to be useful.


Our Sense of Fair Play
No one associated with producing
On The Premises is allowed to enter the magazine’s contests.