Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

Contest Closed

Over $1,800 in prizes, exposure, and fun. Enter your short story.

January 19, 2019 - The Winners are...

The winners of the Booksie 2019 Short Story contest are:

Grand Prize:

The Unexpected by H L Ford



Joined by Bonnie Linder

Flora of the Night by Jenna Chante

Congratulations to the winners! 

H L Ford will receive a payment of $1,500 and a free week of boosts. Each runner-up will receive $150. We'll be in touch with each winner shortly about providing these prizes.

We'll be announcing our next writing contests shortly.


December 22, 2019 Update

Hello all, we're pleased to announce the finalists of the Booksie 2019 short story contest. Our contest judge Ann Everett provided the finalists along with some notes about each one:



This story is outrageous and made me laugh several times, so clearly, I was entertained.

JOINED—by Bonnie Linder

I love it when an opening line hooks me, and the story that follows keeps my attention. This one did both.

SKYBOX—by chrissaper

As I went through the process of elimination, I kept coming back to this story. It made me cry…but then again, I cry when someone wins on The Price is Right!

FLORA OF THE NIGHT— by Jenny Chante

I’m a sucker for romance, however, I like when there is more to the story than just the love element, and this one didn’t disappoint.


This story was clever and original. I loved how the author weaved Poe’s poem throughout and added her/his own spin.


The story with the most reads is:

CRASH by Brian Lee Clements


We'll be announcing the winners in approximately two weeks.

Congratulations to all!




Hello, Booksie world! We're excited to announce our biggest competition yet, the Booksie 2019 Short Story competition. We're looking for most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one week of free Boosts. We also have awards for the runner-ups.

All Genres and Themes

The contest is open to all genres and themes. You can enter a previously posted story on Booksie or post a new one and enter it. 


The judging will be done in rounds.

Finalist round: We will select six finalists. Five finalists will be chosen by the contest judge, multi-author phenom Ann Everett. One finalist will be chosen by readers as the work with the highest number of total reads will be selected. The names of the six finalists will be announced approximately six weeks after the contest has closed.

Winner round: One grand prize winner and two runner-ups will be chosen by Ann Everett team from the six finalists approximately two week after the Finalist Round is announced.


Grand prize winner. 

  • $1,500 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • One free week of Boosts for their winning story (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s million of monthly readers).

Two runners-up.

  •  $150 cash
  • Silver winner badge


About the Contest Judge

Ann Everett AuthorAward winning and Amazon Best-Selling author, Ann Everett, embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.

Her short stories have appeared in ezines like The Green Silk Journal.

A member of Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization and a top reviewer on, she lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas where she writes, bakes, and fights her addiction to Diet Dr. Peppers.

Ann specializes in writing adult romance although she has written three non-fiction books on writing and a cookbook. She enjoys reading all genres.

You can learn more about Ann on her website. 


About Booksie Contests

Booksie is an online writing platform to help writers tell their stories and promote their written work. It is not a publisher and does not take any ownership of the writing posted to the site. Booksie has run writing contests for the last three years. Our sister site, TheNextBigWriter has run writing contests for the last thirteen years. Click here to view a list of previous Booksie winners.

Please note: By entering the contest, your short story will be posted on the site. Booksie does not take any ownership or rights to any writing posted as part of the contest. If you do not want your story to appear on Booksie, do not enter the contest. You can delete your entry at any time.


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