How To Submit a Story for the 2020 Exisle Academy Writing Competition:

The theme of this competition is The Moment That Changed My Life. You are free to interpret this theme in your own way: It could be a decision, a turning point, a meeting, or simply a moment of transition - be creative and write what is true for you.

Please read the submission guidelines carefully - we look forward to reviewing your writing!

  • Prize: The winning author will be paid $100USD (One hundred US dollars) to a PayPal or bank account of your choosing. The winning story and up to three finalists will also be published on
  • Length: Between 800 and 1200 words
  • Style: Non-fiction - you should recount truthful experiences but please disguise the identity of any real people other than yourself who may not want details of their life to be publishied
  • Originality: By submitting a story, you confirm that it is your original work, you own the copyright, and you give Exisle Publishing permission to publish it on should you win or be selected as a finalist. You also confirm it has not previously been published elsewhere online or in print, nor selected for any other competition.
  • Possible Publication in Resulting Book: Depending on the quality and volume of submissions received, we will consider publishing selected stories in a resulting anthology. If this happens, all writers who are included will be kept fully informed, be given full acknowledgement, and receive a complimentary copy of the resulting book. By submitting a story, you grant us the full rights to publish it in any format including print, eBook and audiobook.
  • Format: Send your article as a Word Doc (.doc) attachment to the email address specified below. Please do not send pictures.

Please send your submissions to: [email protected] with the subject 2020 Competition  - thank you and best of luck!

Update August 15 2020: Submissions Close At Midnight US Eastern Time on This Date - Only Submissions Received Before This Time Will Be Considered. Winners and Runners Up Will Be Announced By Email in September. Thank You For Being a Part of This!




*Owing to the high volume of submissions received, detailed feedback on unsuccessful submissions can only be sent to Exisle Academy members.

Please note: By participating in this competition, you agree to Exisle Publishing's competition terms and conditions 

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