PRESENTING: Eat Your Serial’s First Writing Contest


Dearest Flakes,

Now that we’ve re-launched the Toast — giving you quality, interesting, and diverse daily content — we’ve got something else to get you excited about. We at Eat Your Serial are proud to present you with our very first writing contest. Yes, that’s right! Now you, too, will be able to be a part of your favorite purveyor of literary serial treats by submitting your 100% original short stories for our contest. The craftiest wordsmith to submit will be declared the winner and will be published in our forthcoming literary magazine!

What? Being a part of our publishing family isn’t enough for you? You want us to sweeten the pot a little bit? Fine. We can do that, too.

The winner, in addition to being published, will be officially declared a professional writer and we will award you $100.

That’s right. You get to join the elite Eat Your Serial publishing family, you’ll be featured in our literary magazine, and we’re gonna pay you a hundred bucks. We gotta tell you, it’s a pretty sweet deal!

We’re thoroughly excited to offer this contest and we can’t wait to see what you our glorious soon-to-be-contestants send our way. We’ve got big things coming and we want you to be a part of it!

To enter the contest, please read the formatting guidelines below and then submit using the following link:

Contest Entry Form

Oh yeah, it costs $10.00 to enter the contest, but that’s not gonna stop you is it? Of course not!

Now there are a couple of rules guiding submissions according to the Eat Your Serial Manual of Style and all, and before we provide you with them we’d like to reiterate that for this contest we will only be accepting SHORT STORIES (no more than 15,000 words).


Eat Your Serial Submission Guidelines

Format –  .doc or .docx only please.

Font – Times New Roman. If your piece is selected for publication and you feel there is a genuine, artistic reason for a particularly embellished font, we would be willing to discuss it.

Font Size – Size 12 for submissions. Again, if there are particular lines or portions of your text for which you feel a deviation from this would strengthen the piece, it’s open for discussion should the piece be selected for publication.

Spacing – Double spaced with one-inch margins, please.

Title and Author – For submission purposes, please put name and title in the top left hand of the page.

Numbering – Please number pages in the top right.

Completeness – As a literary piece can change dramatically from conception to completion, we will only consider completed pieces submitted in full for publication.

Plagiarism – If evidence is found that any part of your piece is plagiarized, your piece will be rejected, and any pieces that you submit in the future will not be read or considered.

Eat You Serial reserves the right to reject your submission for any reason.


If you don’t write short stories, or don’t want to win a hundred bucks, the regular submissions for the magazine are still open. So if you’re a poet, or you write non-fiction, or you want to submit your novel, then follow the link below:

Regular Submission Forms

We read year-round, and contest entries that don’t win still have a chance to make it into the magazine, so what are you waiting for?

That’s that, flakes. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with so we can…

Eat it.


6 thoughts on “PRESENTING: Eat Your Serial’s First Writing Contest

  1. I started working on my story yesterday.  I do have another question though.  I have a couple of editors I hire for my novels and books (Non-fiction editor and fiction editor), and they are very helpful in finding mistakes (mostly of comma use). I will certainly try to get a clean copy of my story, but alas, I’m not sure I want to spend a couple of hundred dollars to try to win one hundred.  Will an errant comma or two (or seven) severely damage one’s chances? How much does the quality of the editing effect the judging?

    •  @ExtremelyAvg We’re far more concerned with originality and artistry than we are with technical writing skills. Errant commas and stray apostrophes aren’t going to hury anyone’s chances. Hell, we won’t even hold a grudge against a split infinitive.
      While we appreciate proper grammar and spelling, telling a good story is the important thing. You worry about the story, we’ll worry about the commas. Other punctuations, too.

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