Some of the questions we are frequently asked:
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- Q.: Do you accept previously published work?
Yes. The fact that work has already been published does not bar it from entry to any of our competitions.
- Q.: Are there any other prizes besides first prize?
All prizes are as advertised for any particular competition.
- Q.: For non-contest entries, is there pay for accepted works?
As we are a completely voluntary organisation with all our profits going to a registered charity - please see here for fuller details - we are unable to pay for works used however each author whose work we do use gets two complimentary copies of the publication in which their work appears.
- Q.: Is it true that all entries and submissions are reread after initial judging?
Yes. All stories returned by the judges after a competition has taken place are reread with a view to either publishing them in a future issue of our magazine, online in the library pages of this website, or in any planned anthology that can be purchased from the website.
- Q.: Are authors from other countries allowed to enter your competitions?
The answer to this is a resounding "Yes". Our competitions are open to authors throughout the world.
- Q.: Do competition entrants need to be current subscribers?
Entry to our competitions is, in most cases, not limited to current subscribers and, although we would hope you might consider becoming a member, the choice is naturally yours.
- Q.: Is there a minimum and maximum word count for the stories you publish?
The average story that we publish is between 1000 and 2000 words.
- Q.: How long has Words Magazine been in existence?
Our first edition was published in June 1990.
- Q.: Is it true that all stories are very strictly edited?
All stories are only edited with our policy of not publishing anything too controversial.
- Q.: Are there any subjects that should be avoided when writing for Words?
Yes. We do not use any work that contains sexual innuendo or references, swearing and also the use of profanity are considered to be taboo.
- Q.: Punctuation is one of my weaker points when writing - will this lessen my
chances in any of your competitions?
Most definitely not. Punctuation and spelling are not expected to be 'spot on' and can easily be altered before publication.
- Q.: Can I send my story by email and send a cheque by post?
Yes you can.
- Q.: What is the preferred format for sending hard copies of the entries sent via the postal address?
Work should be typed, in double spacing, on one side only of A4 paper.
- Q.: Does the copyright for short stories submitted to competitions remain with the author?
Yes copyright of all work submitted remains with the author.