sun30junAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Elegant Literature Award For New WritersSecret SocietiesCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree (for Elegant Literature members) Max word count2000 Top Prize$3,000

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Write a story involving Secret Societies, and a rope. $3000 grand prize

Prepare yourself. You have passed the trials, completed the rituals. Now you stand at the threshold to secrets and power. Are you ready to be initiated to our order? Are you ready to learn the truth…

Secret societies, bound by oath and deed. Tendrils of influence grip the campus, the country, the world. From business cabals to the illuminati, they play knowledge close to the chest. Is it the pursuit of intellect that drives them, the preservation of power, or something more… sinister? Arcane artifacts and ancient allegiances. They meet in mansions, tunnels, or the backroom of your favorite restaurant. Maybe they’ve modernized and work through digital networks. The eye in the sky knows all. Passwords and prophecies. The summoning of old gods and cosmic eldritch. Or maybe they just want to be left alone, a civilization hidden from those who would abuse their wisdom. Watch carefully for clues. Ciphers, cults, and conspiracies. Dark doctrine or trusted tradition? The choice is yours, if you gain access. What sacrifice will you make as you uncover the deeper mysteries of this shadowy group, and what will you learn about yourself in the process?

This contest invites you to explore Secret Societies, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close June 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest only open to new writers.

We are keen to encourage quality, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

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