The Current Contest

Contest #24 officially launched on July 13, 2014. Its premise is


What is property? What has it? Who owns it? Who needs it? Who gets it? How does it work?

Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that focuses on at least one of the many aspects/definitions of the word property. You can even write a story about the property
of a thing if you want. (For instance, sweetness is a property of sugar.) Or you can take a more conventional definition and focus on that.

As usual, any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine.

If you have questions, ask us at

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, October 3, 2014.

We’ll repeat that, because you’re used to seeing deadlines near the end of a month. This one isn’t. This contest’s deadline is
Friday, October 3, 2014.

On The Premises uses Submittable to handle all submissions. You will need a FREE Submittable account to submit a contest entry. When you submit your story, you’ll be given a way to create a Submittable account if you don’t already have one.

On The Premises accepts submissions in the following formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), plain text (.txt), and OpenOffice/NeoOffice (.odt).

To submit a story, use this link:

Submit to OTP short story contest #24

Remember to take all identifying information out of your story! Tell us who you are in the space provided for the cover letter, NOT in your story! No headers, no bylines... just the story.

If your contest entry does not get selected for publication, we will critique it for $15 (US dollars). See here for more details.