!Short Story Contest!

This is not a subtle contest, but a contest of sudden change.



Welcome to defenestrationism.net.


Thanks to the immediate success of

the Art of Throwing People Out Windows

we have been pledged an annual

!Short Story Contest!


Winner: 75$

two Runner-Ups: 30$




Our 2019 Contest will open for submissions April 1st,

to close June 15th.


About us:  Bonafides and Circulation

How we judge our contest

read an interview with two time finalist Jenean McBrearty

meet the defenestrationism family

View the 2018 Finalists

View the 2017 Finalists

View the 2016 Finalists

View the 2015 Finalists

View the 2014 Finalists

View the 2013 Finalists



Stories must include an incident of defenestrationism– the art or -ism of throwing people out windows.  This need not be literal.

Our team defines such an incident as follows,

“a sudden, immediate, even violent shift, change, or seismical event between the beginning and the end.”



Finalists are selected by owner, co-editor Paul-Newell Reaves

and co-editor, moderator eatstuf.

These finalists are then published weekly, before winners are announced,

followed by at least two weeks of Fan Voting.

Winners are selected by our panel of four Judges, with Fan Voting counting as an additional judge vote.




Expect harsh words of criticism if Guidelines are not followed.

Otherwise, we’re all lovey-dovey.



Grammar is no list of rules, no series of hoops.  Punctuation is an art form, remember that, punctuate like there’s no tomorrow.

Edit, comrades, edit till there is no editing left to be done.  We ask you go through at least TEN read-through edits before submitting.

Incomplete sentences must serve an obvious purpose: toward narrative or character development, dialogue, theme or style.

There is violence in nature; there is violence in man.  But not all violence succeeds in changing the world.  Violence, for our contest, should throw someone or things out the window!

Further options for excellence:

-think about usage of color as a theme to develop across the story, a la the grand lady of English Modernism, Virginia Woolf.

-you could try for a completely non-violent, perhaps emotional, perhaps epiphanic, defenestrationism story.


MUST– email subject: !Short Story Contest!


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Please include a phone number, in case our emails end up in your spam.

PDFs not preferred.

Feel free to complement us on our concrete and exact guidelines.  Most of the worst writing we’ve had the displeasure of reading comes from editors trying to explain and individualize their tastes for a publication.



We adhere closely to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

Please do not submit if you have or have had any affiliation with any of the four Judges

We require only Electronic Rights, including Electronic Archival Rights.  Author maintains all Future Rights.  This works for us, and for you, and for the future of internet publications.






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