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Journey into the West (2021)

The focus of this contest is short stories with dynamic western themed settings and characters. Any and all subgenres of westerns are welcome. The volume is designed for a general audience. Sexual content and violence may be presented but must serve the purpose of the story and not be presented just for shock value. Strong plot arcs, well-rounded characters, and richly vibrant western elements are the primary elements judges will be looking for. The short story should show good command of grammar as well as spelling though professional copyediting is not necessary for submitting. 

The series of anthologies collecting the winners and honorable mentions of the contest will be titled "Journey Series". The concept of "journey" does not need to be present in a literal sense within the stories.

Guidelines & Information

Entry Fee and Contest Window:

$40 for nonmembers (which includes entry + a year’s membership)

$30 for members (which includes renewal of your membership) 

Entries may be submitted starting on September 1 and will close at 11:59 pm November 30th.


  • First prize -- $100 plus certificate and a medal

  • Second prize -- $75 plus certificate and a medal

  • Third prize -- $50 plus certificate and a medal


Publication in the book will also mean each author will receive a complimentary copy of the volume as well as complimentary entry to the gala night celebration at which the book will be launched.

  • Each author will be able to purchase as many copies of the anthology as they wish at 50% off retail price and resell these retaining all profits from said sales

  • Retain all rights to their story for any future or concurrent use.  No exclusivity is required or requested.

Contest Logistics:

Judging will take place between December 1st to the 15th, 2021.

Revision work with an editor will take place from December 15th through January 10, 2022.

Release will be in March of 2022 at the Annual Gala.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Story should be no more than 5000 words long and must involve the volume’s theme, Journey into the West, in some way. All genre’s welcome.

  • Author’s may submit up to 3 stories to the contest

  • A panel of judges will score the submissions and determine the winners and honorable mentions – which stories will be published in the anthology and receive their respective additional prizes as applicable.

  • The stories will then move to the publication queue, which consists of two phases:

  • Revision Phase – Authors will be given an opportunity to work with an editor in a revision consultation.  A deadline will be provided for resubmission based on the revision requests.

  • Editing Phase –professional copyediting will ensure the work is ready for the public.

Submission Format:

  • Send your submissions in Word to

  • Subject Line: Authorology Contest Entry

  • 1st Page should be a cover page with

  • Title of story

  • author’s name as you wish it to appear in publication

  • author’s legal name

  • contact information for author including

  • email address, telephone number, and mailing address

  • 2nd Page should begin the short story, with title again and in 12 pt Garamond font, single spaced.

  • Your name should NOT appear anywhere except in the cover page. Do Not Put Your Name in the header or on the first page of the story proper.

  • Last page, after the final page of the story, include a short biography of the author with links to your social media sites and website (if applicable).

If the submission is not sent using the aforementioned formatting requirements, it will be automatically disqualified – no refund of entry fee will be made in such an event.

Any entry that does not strictly adhere to the guidelines provided will be disqualified and monies paid will not be refunded. No exceptions to the guidelines will be made.

About Inklings Publishing

Inklings Publishing is a small press headquartered in Houston, Texas, which has graciously agreed to manage the contest and produce the "Journey Series" for Authorology. You can learn more about them at

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