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Monday, 4 November 2013

News: Status of 2013 Story Quest Short Story Contest

We at IFWG Publishing and SQ Mag are ecstatic at the turnout of submissions for this year's contest. It settled on 114 submission, many of which were of very high quality...or better.

Round 1 is complete, which is in many ways the toughest - we culled the submissions to 29 - and it was tough. Real tough. I believe a number that were rejected would have been strong candidates for SQ Mag's general submission, but this is a contest. We have to remind ourselves every moment.

Round 2 and the final Round 3 are always handled in rapid succession - Round 2 we draw the field down to around 5 to 7, and Round 3 we choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

We should have the short list and winners published close to 15 November 2013.

The stories (without authors' names) that made Round 2 are as follows:

A Very Special Ride
Black Smoker Hero
David's Muse
Exponential Growth
Good Luck Charm
Hand of Glory
Hand to Mouth
Inside Ferndale
It's Only Going to End Badly
Jun Nakamura's Dead Girlfriend
Keeping an Open Mind
Mother's Days
So Long, The Dark
The Baby
The Captain's Last Bath
The Color of Mars
The Dispatch Officer's Son
The Hoodoo Nigger
The Matchbox Sign
The Working Strife of Red O'Leary

There were no double-ups of titles, so if your story is listed here, you know it is in Round 2. If you haven't received a rejection email and your story is not in this list, please double check your entry in Submittable. If there is still uncertainty, please contact us by emailing:

Good luck to all!

Story Quest Contest Team

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