Announcing The Blue Nib Omnibus Contest: For Short Fiction

This is a new contest for short fiction writers that hopes to emulate the success of the Chapbook Series for poets. The requirement is a single entry of 2500 to 3000 words with the top 11 entries chosen by judge Imogen Gladman. 

A search for exceptional short-fiction by new authors.

About the Contest Series
Autumn 2018 sees the launch of this the first, of our Blue Nib Omnibus Contests. Our judge, Imogen Gladman, is looking for 11 pieces of outstanding short fiction to appear in the inaugural Blue Nib Omnibus which will be published under the Blue Nib imprint in late Spring 2019.

The Omnibus contest follows on from our very successful Chapbook Series for new poetry which has helped launch or boost the career of several emerging poets. This contest is intended to do the same for breakout authors.

The Prize

The prize money for the contest is funded by magazine subscription and book sales and for this round of the series it will be €500.00, with €150.00 going to the 1st place winner. €75.00 to the two 2nd, 3rd place winners. Eight highly commended entries will receive €25.00 each. But this contest is not primarily about prize money, it is about searching for and promoting new talent. The winners will have their work published by The Blue Nib imprint in The Blue Nib Omnibus #1.

It is fair to say that the the first chapbooks from rounds one and two of the poetry series have not been ignored. Chapbook 1 entered the UK Chapbook Chart and reached  #9. Chapbook 2 did even better at #2. Thus proving the importance of these contests to emerging poets. It is our ambition to do the same for emerging authors.

About the judge

Imogen Gladman, Fiction Editor of The Blue Nib, is a knowledgeable editor with 20 years of professional experience. She has expertise and qualifications in the fields of literary fiction, French literature and culture, classical studies, history of art and linguistics amongst others. Above all Imogen is a reader who loves contemporary literary fiction, which she devours with endless enthusiasm.


The Rules
It is important that you read the following rules and understand them before submitting your work.

The competition is open to new, emerging and established authors from any country BUT you must be a debutante (with no previous collection of fiction published in print). Publication in anthologies, ezine or web journals is fine. 

  • Work must be in English
  • Submissions must contain a single piece of between 2500 and 3000 words on a MS Word or Mac Pages document. 
  • Entries should be in Times New Roman 12pt and single spaced.  
  • Your entry must include only the piece you wish to submit and nothing else. 
  • You must submit an authors bio, a reasonable quality author photo and your entry payment receipt (if applicable) as separate files. The 4 files (entry, photo, biography and receipt) should be attached to the same email.
  • Work submitted must be  previously unpublished as part of a journal, anthology or collection and must remain so until the contest closes and results are announced. (Work published on the authors own blog is acceptable.)
  • Entries must be submitted by email only to [email protected] 
  • The contest is open to authors of any nationality, from any country.
  • There is no lower age limit but we would point out that very young authors are likely to stand little chance of winning.
  • No alterations may be made to an entry once it has been submitted.
  • To enter you must be registered on the site. 
  • Closing date for entries: December 14th 2018.
  • Results will be announced online and in print in issue 37 on 15 March 2019. Results will also appear on The Blue Nib Facebook Page.

Please note: You must be registered to The Blue Nib to enter. Registration page can be found here. On registration you can select free or paid membership.
Paid subscription cost €15.00 and includes discounts on all Blue Nib Imprint titles as well as entry to all contests. 
Free members can pay for entry to the contest at the bottom of this  page.  

75% of monies raised through subscription go towards publishing and publicising the work of our authors, poets, winners & contributors, the remainder is used to fund the print magazine and the web platform. 

The winning entries will be those chosen by judge Imogen Gladman. Each will receive a complimentary copy of The Blue Nib Omnibus #1. 

the 1st place winner will receive €150.00 The two Second placed will receive €75.00. Eight highly commended entries will receive €25.00 each. By entering the contest you grant The Blue Nib the rights to publish your work in print & on the web.


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