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What qualities are the judges looking for?

The judges have no fixed idea on what a good quality short story is. Taste and even quality is subjective, and our judges all have different personalities. There is no particular genre we are interested in. Anything goes.

Will my submission be disqualified if I have any grammar or spelling mistakes?

No. Your submission will be judged based on creativity. As long as your story is understandable, then it is of good enough quality to submit. Every story selected as a winner will be professionally edited before publication.

Who retains the rights to my story?

CreatEng Cafe will have publishing rights to your story both in print and eBook format, and the author will be given full credit for their work. CreatEng Café will also have the right to license the material to a third party publisher. The author will also retain the rights to the story as well.

Why are submissions free?

You can’t put a price on creativity.

Can I win more than one prize?

No, unfortunately not. Although you are allowed to submit as many stories as you like, you can only win one prize. 

How are the stories judged?

The stories are sent to the judges for evaluation without names or any means of identification. This will prevent any kind of bias, including age, sex, education and even conflict of interest.

Why aren't people from native English countries allowed to submit?

We target an English as a foreign language audience, and our goal is to encourage non-native English speakers to practise their English by expressing themselves freely and creatively. 

Who will I be competing against?

You will be competing globally with submissions coming from all over the world.

Do I have to be living in my country of citizenship in order to submit?

No. You can be living anywhere in the world and enter the competition, but please remember that if you are selected as a winner you must show proof of citizenship from a country that does not have English listed as an official, native or de facto language.

Why aren't we allowed to submit essays or poetry?

We are all about creative expression, so essays do not really fit with our goals, and teachers find poetry difficult to use in the ESL/EFL classroom. 

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