- Use all three keywords correctly in the body of the story.
- Do not exceed 500 words – there’s no minimum.
- Only submit one story per quarter (three for Mash Club members).
Please be sure to comply with these requirements, because they are the only things that will lead to the elimination of your submission before it’s read.
Using the Keywords
- must be written in third person.
- must be about you, not the story you submitted to us.
- must not exceed 5 sentences.
All author photos must be headshots. Because they will be displayed as a thumbnail, we cannot fit full-length photos or family pictures in the space. Please browse our currently shortlisted writers to get an idea of what to write in your bio.
Live on Mash
- scroll down the page/story you’re interested in receiving comments for,
- find the Disqus discussion board,
- click the Subscribe button at the bottom of the comment box only once and put in your email address. If you click twice you’ll automatically un-enroll.
Choosing the Winner
Workings of Mash
- Exposure. As a community addicted to short stories, our first goal is to promote gifted writers. Talent should be read, admired, respected; not locked up in computer files. When we shortlist a well-written story, we want everyone visiting our website to read it and tell their friends about it.
- Enthusiasm. Mash Stories is a quarterly competition which never ends. As soon as we close one term, the next one begins the same day. So, we read stories all year round. And we want to share this pleasure with our visitors. Why should our visitors and your readers wait months and then get bombarded with numerous stories in one go? Instead, we offer bite-sized pleasure as and when we find great stories.
- Impatience. Let’s put it this way: if you are a brilliant writer who submitted a dazzling story the day after a new quarter begins, how fair would it be if we asked you to wait months just so that we can read all the other submissions—especially when we’ve read, loved, and decided to shortlist your story. If you think this is fair, then Mash Stories is not for you! We’re a rather impatient bunch here. We love getting things done. We love moving fast.