Our annual short story contest is open to the residents of Pakistan for this year.

Keeping in view the busy schedule of young bloggers, entrepreneurs and young moms, this year’s short story contest is specially curated for you! Using no more than 250 words, deliver a short story on one of the given topics. We offer an ample submission time (more than a month!) to enable most of you to indulge in this fun activity and satisfy the writer in you.

The top 3 entries will win gifts from our sponsors and a winning certificate each. Other than three winners, we will have 5 runner up entries, based on the response they receive from members of the PLB community (readers choice awards). The jury for the contest are, Shazaf Fatima Haider, the PLB short story team and PLB members (for readers choice awards).

The PLB 2019 Short Story Contest will share its results sometime after the deadline (will be communicated soon).

>>> Submission Guidelines for PLB 2019 Short Story Contest: 

  1. The topic options for PLB 2019 Short Story Contest are: Voices, Lost & Found and Prisoners.
  2. Total number of words per entry should not exceed 250 words. All entries will be screened for word count before forwarding to the judge(s).
  3. Only 1 entry per person will be accepted.
  4. Entries should be in English.
  5. Please only submit your original work. Your submissions will be screened for plagiarism.
  6. Please submit only unpublished work. Previously published work will be disqualified from the contest.
  7. If your submitted story gets published elsewhere before the announcement of results of our contest, you are bound to inform us and withdraw your entry.

>>> Topics for the Short Story Contest

Pick one of the following topics to write a short story on:

  1. Voices
  2. Lost & Found
  3. Prisoners

>>> How To Submit:

  1. Send in your entries to, the subject should be the topic you have chosen. For example, a good subject line is “Short story entry for ‘Voices’.”
  2. Please copy paste your story text within the email body. Do not send attachments.

>>> What Happens Next After Submission?

  1. Once we get your submission, we will review it for a) word count, b) plagarism. If your post follows the rules, it will be posted on the Pakistani Lady Bloggers official website in 48-72 hours.
  2. Along with uploading a valid entry on our website, we will share your submission link on our official page: The Pakistani Woman.

>>> Judging and Winners:

There will be two winner categories: 1) Top 3 Winners 2) 5 Readers’ Choice Winners

a) Top 3 winners will be judged by Shazaf Fatima Haider, writer of ‘How It Happened’ and ‘A Firefly In The Dark’.

b) Top 5 Readers’ Choice Awards: Based on the maximum number of likes, the top 5 most popular posts will win in this category. Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for this category, you need to share your submission entry via only The Pakistani Woman page. This will help us keep track of and control duplicates votes.

>>> Contest Deadline:

Last day of submissions for the PLB 2019 Short Story Contest is 21st April, 2019.

>>> Here’s a useful resource: How To Write a Basic Short Story in 250 words or less!

Writing a short story in as less words as that isn’t easy! That’s where the challenge comes in. Using 250 words or less, deliver a short story using the five key elements:

  1. Character: A character is a person, or sometimes even an animal, who takes part in the action of a short story or other literary work.
  2. Setting: The setting of a short story is the time and place in which it happens. Authors often use descriptions of landscape, scenery, buildings, seasons or weather to provide a strong sense of setting.
  3. Plot: A plot is a series of events and character actions that relate to the central conflict.
  4. Conflict: The conflict is a struggle between two people or things in a short story. The main character is usually on one side of the central conflict.
  5. Theme: The theme is the central idea or belief in a short story.

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