Hello and welcome!
Here we go again: if you hadn’t heard the news, the second round of the Toothsoup Prize yielded no entrants. Sadface! I’m not willing to let go of this baby yet, so instead of backing down, I’m upping the ante. Read through this post to find out how the stakes have risen.
[NEW] What is the prize?
The prize will now start at $150, but can increase with donations during the submission process. See the ‘What’s with the paid submission option?’ question below for how that works. To fit the increased prize money, the competition will now be open for three months, before closing for a month of judging, and it’s for Australian residents only. The word limit will stay upped to 3,000 words, as a lot of folks told me that they had trouble fitting their story arcs under the 2,000 limit. Given the quality of the submissions last round, I’m more than happy to be reading more words per entry this time around.
What kind of stories are you after?
I’m ditching the theme idea so as in the first round, there are no restrictions to style or genre, as long as they are challenging, well-written, and original. And I mean ‘original’ in the sense of no fan-fiction, no previously published work, and also just generally original. I don’t want to read the same plot I’ve already read elsewhere, by another author, with a better cover. Experimental fiction is allowed but please don’t make it so purely for the sake of it. So no major changes there.
Where do I submit?
I’ve started up a submishmash account for submissions. You can click the ‘Submit’ button above to see the guidelines or click here to go straight to the submishmash page. Entries must be received by midnight, AWST, on the 1st of December.
What’s with the paid submission option?
When you go to the submission page, you’ll see there’s an option to either submit with no payment, or with a $5 donation. Any donation made in this way goes straight into the kitty for the prize. So when you donate $5, the kitty goes up by $5. Last round we ended up with a total prize money pool of $115, starting from $50. Not bad! You also have the option of receiving feedback on your entry if you donate in this way. The third major change to the conditions of entry is that I’m reserving the right to break up the prize pool into 1st and runners-up. My preference is still to award the prize to one stand-out entry, but if that’s not possible, I’ll be looking to give honourable mentions a prize.
What if I want to donate some other way? Like EFT, cash moneys, etc.
That’s great! Contact me at the below email address and we can sort something out.
How will you pay the winner?
It’ll be their choice of cheque or direct bank deposit. Alternatively, I’d love to be able to hand them the money myself, but I’m geographically separate from a majority of the Australian writing community. So that may not happen, but you never know!
Can I contact you with other questions?
Sure! My email address is phill [at] toothsoup [dot] com.