McMillan Press: Short Story Contest

Event Type

Contest Rules

Deadline: August 17th

Word Count Maximum: 5,000

We will be accepting stories of all kinds this year. Send us your best yarns for a chance at great prizes and future publication. We hope to get a lot of submissions this year, as we are planning on publishing some of our contest winners from the past couple years and having reception/reading for the release of the physical journal. 


Submissions should be:

  • Original, unpublished, work.

  • Suitable for a general audience.

  • Under 5,000 words.

  • Devoid of identifying names within the story, or on it’s pages. Please include your full name in the email, but do not include it on any of the pages of the story. We want judges to be able to read the stories anonymously.

  • Submitted to with the subject heading “McMillan Press Contest.” 

  • Other Rules and Rights Here


First place winner will receive a choice of a $150 Heart of Wisconsin Chamber Gift Card or Amazon gift card. Second and Third places will be recognized as well.

Winning stories can be published online and in print; they may also be read on our podcast.