Almond Press is an independent publisher of dystopian and apocalyptic short fiction.

We run short story competitions to find talented writers, new or established, and offer prizes and publication to help promote their work around the world.

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Creative Writing Competitions

Our website features the most comprehensive and regularly-updated list of creative writing competitions available online. You can browse the calendar, or use the search bar below if you have something more specific in mind. We welcome contributions, so please feel free to message us if you’d like to add an event.

Literary Publications Accepting Submissions

We also curate a list of publications and creative writing journals accepting submissions. Check out this list to see where to send your work to get it published. If you know of any other literary platforms worth including, please do let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

Dystopian Short Story Example

Dystopian stories strike fear in a reader when they begin to see signs of a terrifying future in their own present. It is a dark and unsettling wake-up call to look at the world we live in and really live in it, before we too fall by the wayside. If you’d like to learn about the characteristic of a typical dystopian short story, please read the sample we prepare – Machinations by Shira Hereld – accompanied with an expert commentary.

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Writers Online
The Society of Young Publishers
404 Ink

“I would also suggest that any aspiring writer begin with short stories. These days, I meet far too many young writers who try to start off with a novel right off, or a trilogy, or even a nine-book series. That’s like starting in at rock climbing by tackling Mt. Everest. Short stories help you learn your craft.”

– George R.R. Martin

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