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Welcome to the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2017/18

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.
I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." -Ken Venturi

>> International Call For Entries - Writers from all around the world are welcome <<





 Atlantis Short Story ContestAtlantis Short Story Contest







Announcement of the winners: May 25, 2018.
Upcoming competition (2018/19): to be scheduled and announced after May 25, 2018 (request a free reminder via
e-mail here)


March 29, 2018:

Dear valued writers,


the reviewing process is well underway and 80 stories are yet to be evaluated.

First of all, the quality of the submissions is stunning. Kindly know that your hard work and efforts are recognized,

valued, and appreciated. Please note that the winners will be announced here on May 25, 2018.

The high number of submissions (almost 250 stories) necessitates that each story is read at least twice.

Most entries also require a written feedback which will be e-mailed to you before the winners are announced.

Feel free to drop a note to get to know the approximate delivery date. 

To everyone who is interested to participate in the upcoming contest, notify us with a one-liner if you want to be

informed about the next contest via e-mail.

Last but not least, enjoy and revel in the writing process. On that note, H A P P Y  E A S T E R!

- The Atlantis Short Story Contest


Questions, problems, suggestions? Please use the contact form or write to .



(the contest is currently closed)

                                   Quick & Easy Submission Process

Options                                                     Entry Fee 
OPTION 1: Participation without feedback   $10
OPTION 2: Participation with feedback*   $15
OPTION 3: Participation with detailed feedback, delivery: 7-14 days

* delivery via e-mail as soon as the winners have been announced (April 15, 2018)


To view the guidelines, click here !


What participating writers say about us. Read here


Dec 02, 2017: The success of our participants

Dear valued writers:


At the Atlantis Short Story Contest, we love stories. We support writers in developing their craft

and improving their publishing acumen through perceptive and individual feedback providing practical

advice. On top of that, we assist winning participants in terms of manuscript editing and promotion in cooperation with

our partners. Mentioned in the Poets & Writers Magazine and The Writer Magazine, the Atlantis Short Story Contest

enables professional development and exploration of creativity, advancing the recognition of writers from around the globe,

whatever your level of experience and ambition.


Without further ado, we are honored to let the voice of success speak for our writers:


Latest success stories of our former winning participants

Dan lives in a tiny country town on the west coast of Australia, where the red-sand desert is full of lizards that bleed
from their eyes and sea turtles litter the white sand beaches with hundreds of thousands of eggs. He’s won a few
short story contests through his writing group, “Needle in the Hay,” but in 2017 he has focussed on completing
an Honours degree in creative writing and independently publishing several digital novels.


Daniel NorrishDaniel NorrishThe novel he most enjoyed writing, “Accidental Exposure,” follows a family that is devastated by a horrible car accident. As each member battles to recover both mentally and physically from the terrible crash, they realise that the people they love are lying to them; they’ll never be the same when the truth is accidentally exposed.

Take a look at his work here:

Or click over to his Amazon page here:


His 2016 winning entry "A Certain Type of Artist. The True Story of Moondyne Joe. (creative non-fiction)"

can be read here (as well as his 2014 winning entry and highly commended read entitled "You").



Israela Margalit is a critically-acclaimed playwright, television writer, concert pianist, recording artist,
and recently a published author of short fiction and creative nonfiction, with awards or honors in all categories.

Learn more about Israela on her website:

Her fabulous entry "California King Size"* in the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2016 can be read here.

*First Published in Vine Leaves Literary Journal November 2017. Finalist, the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Competition.


Stephan Ward is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. His short stories are concerned with an outsider’s search for
identity and meaning and combine realism, humour and philosophical musings.  His story ‘Climb,’ will be
published in the upcoming fall edition of Open Minds Quarterly Magazine. His story, ‘Nature Strip’ was
finalist in The Atlantis Short Story Contest 2015 and ‘Vat 69’ won 2nd place in The My Brother Jack Awards 2016.
It can be read for free here:

His fascinating 2015 entry "Nature Strip" in the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2015 can be read here.


Mara Blazic's short story 'Bionic Girl' has been selected for publication in the U.K.'s 2017 Bath Short Story Award Anthology. The competition received 1,100 submissions from 45 countries and selected 18 for the anthology.
Everything about the book can be found on their website:

The same story was also in the top 50 in the Bristol Short Story Prize in the U.K.
It was a 'notable contender' for that contest's long list. The contest received 2,000 entries.

Her 2016 winning entry "French Toast In Suburbija" can be read here.

Another enthralling story (won second prize) by Mara was published in the On Dit Creative Writing Anthology.



Apart from that, we would like to say that we partnered up and are happy to help promote
three contests (please note: the MIR is UK-only):


Visit the ARDOR Literary Magazine for poetry contests!



The MIR is taking submissions of short fiction and flash fiction for our 15th anthology

from any UK based author:



The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition accepts submissions for an unpublishedmystery story

under 3,500 words. Deadline 28 Feb 2018.


The 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes submissions for

stories and essays on any theme, up to 6,000 words each. Deadline: 30 April 2018.


The American Short(er) Fiction Prize Is Now Open for Submissions.
Deadline: February 01, 2018. Short fiction under 1,000 words.


-The International Atlantis Short Story Contest













                                                       March 30, 2017:

The Atlantis Short Story Contest 2016 (219 short story entries) PROUDLY PRESENTS...


TOP 15:

1. Chelsey Evans - Asylum  Albuquerque, NM, USA

2. Erica Williams - The Holding of Violence (non-fiction)  Melbourne, Australia

       Read Erica's winning story here

3. Sophie Allen - The Unraveling  Canberra, Australia

4. Katarina Graah-Hagelbäck - Facing Façades  Malmö, Sweden

       Read Katarina's winning story here

5. Paul Duffy - Voltage  Dublin, Ireland

6. Daniel Norrish - A Certain Type of Artist. The True Story of Moondyne Joe. (creative non-fiction)

       Read Daniel's winning story here (as well as his 2014 winning entry and highly commended read entitled "You")

7. Anjarna Lake - Just Shoot Me  Perth, Western Australia

       Read Anjarna's winning story here

8. Dr. Arthur Klepfisz - THE CICADA SKIN  Melbourne, Australia

       Read Arthur's winning story here and Buy his novel called "AN EYE FOR AN EYE HERE" here (free delivery worldwide)

                                Learn more about the author and his novel here

9. Mashie Stander - Andi

10. Sandra Blair, MD - Raw Chicken  Austin, TX, USA

       Read Sandra's winning story here

11. Maxine Backus - Waving as they go (non-fiction)

12. Sara Strickland - Snapshots of a Catholic

13. Myra Koch - Wavedancer  Sydney, Australia

       Read Myra's winning story here

14. Tommy Forbes - Gary the Monster

15. Gabriela Theodora BantaČ™ - Pursuer of the Universe  Bucharest, Romania

       Read Gabriela's winning story here


TOP 16 - 40:

16. Jessie Tu - This is how you build a house

17. Mara Blazic - French Toast In Suburbija  Adelaide, Australia

       Read Mara's winning story here

       and read another fascinating story (won second prize) by Mara, published in the On Dit Creative Writing Anthology

18. Howard Englander - Fish Story  Chicago, Illinois, USA

       Read Howard's winning story here 

       You are invited to read his weekly blog posts in the Chicago Tribune here

19. Margot Ogilvie - The Best Story  Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia

       Read Margot's winning story here

20. Erin Bauer - Christmas Belles  Lincoln, NE, USA

       Read Erin's winning story here

21. Charanjeet Singh Minhas - Thanedar Sahib (creative non-fiction)  Newark, Delaware, USA

       Read Charanjeet's winning story here

       Read Charanjeet's story "Oh, Boy!" in the "Eastlit" journal

22. Terrence Dunn - As the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore

23. N.J.Bayley - A Dog Called Tesco

24. Judy S. Richardson - GRACE WILL FIND YOU  Richmond, VA, USA

25. John Hoepfner - The Tale of Magic Pixie Dust  Appleton, WI, USA

       Read John Hoepfner's winning story here

26. Anjarna Lake - Lucky Me  Perth, Western Australia

       Read Anjarna's winning story here

27. Denis Berckefeldt - KENNY  Denver, CO, USA

       Read Denis' winning story here

28. David Campbell - Belonging  Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia

       Read David's winning story here

29. Karen Bailey - Southwest from Venus (non-fiction)  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

       Read Karen's winning story here

30. Robert Laird - The Perfect Witness

       Read Robert's winning story here

31. Patricia Hilton-Johnson - Broadway Illuminations  Cottisford, UK

32. Marina Cid - UNWRAPPING JANI

33. Niamh MacCabe - Memorising the Skylark  Leitrim, Ireland

34. Noel Owen - St. Thomas Church Parking Lot

35. Stephanie Hoskin - Fairy Tale Threads (based on true events)  Burringbar, New South Wales, Australia

       Read Stephanie's winning story here

36. Jessie Tu - Story

37. Joseph Howard - The Sadness in the Sweet  Wake Forest, NC, USA

38. Fiona Jones - Burning Agnes (non-fiction)

39. Christine Webb - The Intern  Kalamazoo, USA

       Read Christine's winning story here

40. Andre Gouyneau - Chairs and Company  Dumbéa, New Caledonia, France

       Read Andre's winning story here

       You are invited to read "A Last Word" here

(in alphabetical order)

Alexandra Lehmann - Moments  Christchurch, New Zealand

       Read Alexandra's winning story here      

Alison Miller - Lightning Twice: A Tale Of Two Daughters (non-fiction)  Sydney, Australia

Britnie Jasmine Johnston - A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY  Melbourne, Australia

Cecilia Polisena - The Murderer's Song (Fiction, although based on true events…)  Buenos Aires, Argentina

       Read Cecilia's winning story here

Daniel Norrish - Akubra: An Australian Bushman’s Hat.

Darren Cray - The Hunt

Eamon Doggett - A Bus Journey

       Read Eamon's winning story here

Emily Brugman - Cooper's Red  Byron Bay, Australia

       Read Emily's winning story here

Henry Plunkett - Drive-by  Perth, Australia

Jack Ratliff - Velvet Balls (creative non-fiction)  Santa Fe, NM, USA

       Read Jack's winning story here

Judy Mayhew - The E&N  Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Kimberlee Esselstrom - It Only Takes a Second (non-fiction)  

Leon Stokes - Bloodlines: A Story of Fortune and Faith (non-fiction)  

Niamh MacCabe - Forever Four Stone Walls  Leitrim, Ireland

Sandra Blair - Sun, Rain, Snuggle Down  Austin, TX, USA

       Read Sandra's winning entry here


We would like to thank all participants for the multitude of quality submissions.

The majority of participating writers come from English-speaking countries

such as the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. We applaud the

unprecedented originality in terms of the compelling themes, unique narrative styles, and

intriguing characters featured in the submitted entries. This contest was the most competitive

in six years and it was a challenge to narrow the list down to 40.


We encourage the authors of the top winning short stories to allow us to publish their entries right here

on the website of the Atlantis Short Story Contest. Kindly use the contact form to let us know if

we have your consent to publish your entry. You retain the rights to your story in any case.

If you like, let us know where you come from (city, country), so we can add this information

to the list of the winners. The winning authors also receive an e-mail shortly that touches upon these matters.


Once again, we are amazed at the superb quality of the submitted entries.

Congratulations on your outstanding work! The Atlantis Short Story Contest mentors

and fosters talent and we are looking forward to promoting longer works such as your novels

on our website. A few hundred users visit the website each week, thus, do not miss out

on this opportunity!


We are proud to promote the published work of the participating writer Isabelle Dupuy.

You can read Isabelle's story in "Litro," a London-based literary magazine.




older posts:

March 10, 2017: This is the last status update for the 2016 contest. The date has been set -- the winners

will be announced on the website on March 30, 2017 (7 AM, UTC-5). Since many of our participants come from all

around the globe, our valued participating writers can be sure to see the results on this specific day and time

without having to check the website repeatedly on said day. There are many impressive entries and the feedbacks

demonstrate the effort and time every one of you has devoted to her or his entry.


We are also very excited about the reception of the feedbacks and that is why we would appreciate it if you share

your praise and criticism in your reply.


Information on how to enter the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2017 will appear here soon after the announcement

of the winners.


Thank you for your attention!




The Atlantis Short Story Contest's winning participant Edmund Jonah managed to have
his novel published. YESHUA! is an outstanding literary piece that proves one more time
that the law of hard work is no secret. By carefully adding bits of the story's skeleton and 
revising them with exceptional perseverance and dedication, Edmund Jonah surely rendered 
a work worth to take a look at. 
Grab your copy here !

YESHUA! is a re-creation of the life of Jesus, from a new and unique perspective. 
Set in Roman-occupied Israel, it places the charismatic preacher in the political context of that 
turbulent time when Messiahs sprouted like mushrooms after rain! We meet on terms of great 
intimacy the people who fashioned his mind and personality:

YOSEPH, his kind and beloved father, brutally killed by the Romans;
MIRIAM, his practical mother, who is unable to understand her firstborn;
YACOV, the brother who resents him but appreciates his knowledge;
 YOSSI, the brother who adores him but cannot accept his philosophy;
YOCHANAN THE DIPPER, who leads him into the central drama of his life;
MIRIAM OF MAGDALA, who loves him passionately but cannot possess him;
SIMON PETER, whose loyalty to him is put to the extreme challenge;
CAIUS, the Centurion who befriends him and then must execute him;
PONTIUS PILATE, the Roman Governor, who convicts him, thus sweeping this epic to its powerful and startling conclusion. 

Selected reviews:
“Edmund Jonah has created a spellbinding masterpiece. “YESHUA!” begins with a young 
Jesus who grows into the dynamic force that created Christendom and changed the world irrevocably. 
Jonah, an Israeli, knows his topic in breathtaking detail, blending his own writing with scriptural 
writings into a thoroughly believable narrative. Dramatically and effectively woven into the story 
is the on-going political and violent tension between the Jews and the Romans, in the midst of which 
this man comes to vibrant, thrilling life. “YESHUA!” is historical fiction at its best.”
   -Andrew O'Hara, Jimston Journal, USA.

 “Yeshua!’s” greatest strength is that it requires the reader to think about the very foundation stone 
of his moral and spiritual culture and accept that it has no real supernatural basis; that the Messiah was not, 
in any sense, what Western culture understands. This is a quietly corrosive attack, like the sea, and therefore, 
something deep inside the Westerner is alarmed by it. This quality will one day make it an important book.
   -Conor Corderoy, Agent &Author, U.K.

About the author:

The author was born in Calcutta, India, the second of two sons of Iraqi Jewish origin, and educated by 
Belgian and Canadian Jesuit priests from whom he got his interest in Jesus. He moved to London, England at 
the age of 22; then 10 years later to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he now lives.

The figure of the Christianized Jew fascinated him and this book is a labour of love that took more than three 
decades to bring to as close as he hoped it would be.

He has taken two courses in creative writing, one in London and one in Israel. He lectures very successfully 
on “Yeshua ben Yosef, the Jew who became the God of the Christians – How did it happen?” The lecture 
enlarges on the scope of the book by explaining how Christianity really got started.

He has had several stories, poems and articles published, as far afield as in Canada, New Zealand, India, 
U.K. the USA and Israel. 





                                                               DECEMBER 01, 2014



With Christmas closing in, what could be better than curling up with a good

book reflecting that cordiality we all cherish at this time of the year.

After all, isn't Christmas a dive into the real realms of familiarity, joviality,

and tranquility?


If there's one way to tap into our memory and bathe in moments when we

were children, it is reading a book. Only literature is able to conjure our good ol'

memories, as it eternalizes memorable moments, ideas, and emotions,

stirring our fantasy.



     Participant Beattie Alvarez is the editor of Once Upon A Christmas featuring a magical Christmas mix of stories, poems, memoirs and

     illustrations from some of Australia's favourite children's authors and illustrators, as well as emerging new talent, and some special guests

     from overseas. From the funny to the ghostly, fantasy to adventure, from peace and love to action and the unexpected, from recipes to

     carols, whether you dip in or devour, read aloud or read under the covers, there's something in this beautiful lavish book for everyone to enjoy.  

     Featuring Duncan Ball, Ursula Dubosarsky, Kate Forsyth, Sally Rippin, Susanne Gervay, Michael Pryor, Kim Gamble, Stephen Axelsen,

     Pamela Freeman, Libby Hathorn, Nette Hilton, Juliet Marillier, Adele Geras-and many many more fantastic authors and illustrators! Christmas

     Press will donate a percentage of the proceeds from this book to Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit which seeks to transform the  

     lives of millions of children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.' 


     It is available online, but not through Amazon. You can find it at:!/Once-Upon-a-Christmas/p/43536909/category=8815609





What do you exactly gain by entering the competition?

Every submitted short story is professionally evaluated. The salient point is that we allow you to see what 
we think about your short story. We write for every participant's short story a brief, insightful comment 
(approx. one page) and include an evaluation table which gives you a quick overview about the strengths and 
weaknesses of your work.

The Top 3 participants are awarded with cash prizes. (see above)

The Top 15 participants will get in-depth feedback (2 - 4 pages, depends on the story's length). 
The Top 15 participants have the option to get their story published on our website. 
At the end of the contest the author will be asked, if she/he wants her/his story to 
be published on the website. 
In the case that the author wants her/his story to be removed from the website later on, 
she/he can write us an e-mail to .
Her/his short story promptly will be removed then.

The Top 40 participants will be posted on the website with their story's title, name
(and a sharp two-sentence logline, if they want). The author retains all rights to her/his work. 



As a writer you probably do not get the attention you expect and deserve. It is often the case that the family 
and friends do not appreciate your dedication to writing at all.

But writers want to be heard, right? Why else should they sit and carefully type each character. Word by Word.
Sentence after sentence. Writing allows you to create entire worlds and therefore it would be a real pity if
nobody got the reading pleasure and the opportunity to proceed your thoughts and ideas.

As an unpublished author of fiction work, it is pretty difficult to actually live long enough to experience your
'lucky break'. You're an unpublished short story writer with the ambition of eventually getting your
work published, or you're an screenwriter, a poet or a playwright, etc. To break in, to get your lucky break
without having contacts in the industry, your work of fiction does need to be excellent, otherwise a
pitching (brief oral presentation: 'What is your work about?') opportunity is a lost shot.

Honest feedback really improves the quality of your work and consequently the chances of being heard.
Our goal is to offer a short story competition that provides insightful feedback that the writer can benefit from.
We want to give everybody the chance to become better, as it does not rarely happen that writers are not
ready when the job comes by.