After Short-Story Contest

After is a collection 19 stories about dystopia and the apocalypse by an amazing group of best-selling and award-winning authors (including Sarah Rees Brennan, Gregory Maguire, and Carrie Ryan). Each story explores a future world that has been drastically altered by an apocalyptic event.

The anthology’s editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling wrote in their introduction, “In the worlds conjured by the stories that follow, you’ll find floods, famine, and pestilence; you’ll find monsters, horrors, despair and devastation. And also, in the darkness, bright sparks of courage and resistance.”

Kinda piques your interest, huh?

Inspired by the apocalyptic and dystopian tales in After, we’re hosting a new short-story contest! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write your own version of the anthology’s prompt: What happens after the end of the world?

One grand prize winner will receive copies of After edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Beta by Rachel Cohn, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh, False Memory by Dan Krokos, and The Fear by Charlie Higson.

One second prize winner will receive an eBook copy of After from the iBookstore and a $10 Amazon gift card.

One third prize winner will receive an eBook copy of After from the iBookstore.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with AfterContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Thursday, October 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Thursday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Ellen and Terri for judging!

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues.

For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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12 thoughts on “After Short-Story Contest

  1. x_x I saw the word “anthology” and freaked.

    And then I saw that the winner wouldn’t be published. Still a cool contest prompt. I’d do it if I didn’t already have a buttload of schoolwork and stuff.

  2. I was wondering if there is a maximum number of contests you can enter at one time? Because I’d like to do this one, but I’m in another one… so I guess I was just wondering.

  3. Wait, I’m confused: so when does the contest OFFICIALLY end? What is the exact date for when the winner will be announced?

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