Owl Canyon Press is hosting a short-story contest with US $ 6,000 in prizes.Canyon provides a first paragraph and the 25th paragraph and the story must be fifty paragraphs long -ah that twist!
Each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words, which means your story will be at least 2,000 words long.
Owl Canyon calls it a hacakathon ,and it comes after a success of their maiden hackathon earlier this year.
According to the contest page:
“Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the 1st and 25th paragraphs, and the short story writer crafts the rest. First prize is $3000, 2nd prize is $2000, and 3rd prize is $1000 with the winning short stories published in a short story anthology, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. The twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this anthology.“
A finalist will not be paid but their story will be published.
Submission deadline to enter is 1 December, 2018.
To learn more, and to enter the contest, this page