Writing Contest - That game of Thorn’s: REIGNING CATS AND DOGS! Our new contest!

Writing prompt:

They see everything. Did your cat or dog witness you fail? Struggle? Win? Fall in or out of love? Give you a reason to keep your grip on this whirling planet when its centrifugal force would cast you into space? What did you learn from the creature whose litter-box you are required to empty, or who delivered a saliva-soaked leash reminding you of your appointment with the park? Cats and Dogs. They reign. Tell us about yours. And send us a pic of the pooch or puss.

Contest Aperçu

How to Submit

Send your entry as a separate word attachment to thorn@awordwithyoupress.com. Contest entries must be received by midnight June 15. Finalist will be selected and given a new prompt with short deadline. Winner announced June 27th in dishonor of the birthday of the editor-in-chief.


Send us your dead pet and we will have it stuffed and mounted on an attractive plaque. Or, if you prefer, we will send you a mystery trophy with your name engraved,  and a $50 gift certificate to your favorite pet store, or to Home Depot, Starbucks, or Barnes and Noble.  You and your pet decide.

In dogged pursuit of an attractive trophy
In dogged pursuit of an attractive trophy


  • Genre: Flash Fiction
  • Max number of words: 500 words
  • Accepted formats: .doc, double-spaced
  • Deadline: Wednesday June 15, 2016, midnight
  • Entry Fee: 10 bucks per entry (up to three). Fee is optional for those who have entered previous contest, but please pay if you can, so that we can break even after procurinig a trophy and prize, engraving a plaque and mailing.

*Pay Entrance Fee

*Optional for previous contestants.

Publishing Rights

By submitting your work, you are giving AWwYP the right to publish your work on this site and one-time rights in hard copy, after which all rights revert back to the author.

We reserve the right not to publish anything that is sent to us.