Get your words ready! The Red Bike Press Short Fiction Contest opens July 1, 2018!



Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest

Red Bike Press will accept Regular Submissions to its inaugural short fiction contest from August 1, 2018, through November 30, 2018. Early Bird Submissions will be accepted from July 1-31, 2018. Late Submissions will be accepted from December 1-31, 2018.


Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest is open to anyone writing in English.

Work Submitted

Works submitted must be original and must not have been previously published in any format, whether in print, digitally or online, including in a blog. Submissions must be written in English. If accepted, payment is for first publication rights. Copyright remains the property of the author. Writers may submit more than one story during each contest period. Simultaneous submissions accepted, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Red Bike Review seeks literary fiction which falls into any genre … or which doesn’t quite fit into any genre at all. We do not accept or consider pornography or erotica at this time.


Submissions may reflect any theme of the writer’s choosing and will not be judged based on theme.

Word Count

Submissions must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Reading Fee

Each contest submission must be accompanied by the reading fee of $20. The early bird reading fee is $15 (July 1-31). The late reading fee is $25 (December 1-31). Entries which are not accompanied by the reading fee will not be considered. Please note that Red Bike Review will provide an opportunity for submissions with no reading fee at a later date.


We are looking for short fiction with a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words. Submissions must be double-spaced using an easy-to-read, 12-point font (consider a font like Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri), in .docx format. Please type your word count in the upper, right-hand corner of your submission. Word count is exclusive of the title of the piece.

Submissions are initially read blind, so do NOT include your name or any identifying information on your piece. Only include the title of your piece, the text and the word count, and nothing more. If you include your name or other identifying information in your piece, it will not be read. If you use a review and/or comment feature in your word processing program while drafting your story, be sure to accept or delete all changes and comments before submitting your piece.

You may submit more than one piece, but no more than one piece per Author will be accepted for publication in a one-year period.


Submissions are to be made online through our Submission Portal in Word .docx format or .pdf format during the submission period, to be announced. Submissions must be typed and double-spaced using an easy-to-read, 12-point font (consider a font like Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri).

The submission portal will begin accepting submissions at midnight Pacific time on the contest start date and will be closed at midnight Pacific time on the contest end date.

Mailed Submissions

If you are unable to submit through our online portal, you may mail your submission to Red Bike Press, P.O. Box 723, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

Mailed submissions must meet all of the formatting requirements set forth for online submissions and must be postmarked not earlier than the first date of the Early Bird Submission Period and not later than the last date of the Late Submission Period. IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE FORMATTING GUIDELINES WHICH ARE SET FORTH IN THE SUBMISSION PORTAL!

In addition, mailed submissions must include a cover sheet which has all of the following information: The title of the submission; the word count; the author’s name; the author’s mailing address; the author’s telephone number; and the author’s e-mail address. We will not consider submissions which do not have this cover sheet.

Mailed submissions must be accompanied by a personal check, cashier’s check or money order for the appropriate reading fee based on the postmark date (Early Bird, Regular, Late) made payable to Red Bike Press.

Manuscripts will not be returned and we will not be held responsible for lost manuscripts or manuscripts which are submitted outside the submission period. (Purchasing tracking with your postage is highly recommended in order to confirm your precious cargo is delivered to your desired destination.)

Announcement of Winners

Contest winners will be announced on our website approximately two months after the contest end date, specific date to be announced. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be notified prior to that date.


The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500, publication of his or her story in the spring 2019 issue of Red Bike Review and five (5) copies of the spring 2019 issue of Red Bike Review.

The second place winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and a copy of the spring 2019 issue of Red Bike Review.

The third place winner will receive a cash prize of $250 and a copy of the spring 2019 issue of Red Bike Review.

One San Luis Obispo County, California, resident who enters will receive a scholarship for full registration to the Central Coast Writers’ Conference to be held in September 2019. Value $250.

One or more entries may also be given an honorable mention on our website when a writer shows exceptional promise. Honorable mentions will receive one (1) copy of the spring 2019 issue of Red Bike Review.

Please note that all entries may be considered for publication. If a submission is accepted for publication, the writer will receive payment of $.10 per word and one (1) copy of the issue of Red Bike Review in which his or her story appears. (If the published piece is a contest winner, the writer will receive $.10 per word or the contest prize amount, whichever is higher.)

Acceptance of Submission for Publication

Once a submission is accepted for publication in Red Bike Review, including submissions by contest winners, the writer will be required to sign a basic agreement authenticating his or her work and granting first-time publication rights to Red Bike Review in exchange for the agreed compensation. Payment will be issued upon acceptance and return of the signed agreement.


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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