Terms & Conditions

Deadlines

Story submissions close at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday night each week. Prompts will be sent to Author & Wordsmith Tier members by email each Thursday by 9:00 a.m. PT and posted to the Passing Prompts website at 12:00 p.m. PT each Friday.

Eligibility

Entrants must be 13 years of age or older.  Story submissions must be original and created using the prompts for the corresponding week of entry. Stories written using prompts from previous weeks will not be considered eligible for prize consideration unless otherwise indicated.

Format

All stories must be 1,500 words or less. Please include a title with your story (this is not included in your word count).

Free Membership

Our Freelancer Tier membership includes access to the prompts posted to our site each week, the ability to submit prompts, stories for a $5 reading fee, per story and access to the forums.

Paid Membership

Our Author Tier membership includes two Story Submissions per month (must use coupon code published on the Member’s Account page to waive reading fee when submitting a story) and early access to prompts by email. Additional stories may be submitted for a $5 reading fee, per story.

Our Wordsmith Tier membership includes unlimited story submissions (must use coupon code published on the Member’s Account page to waive reading fee when submitting a story) and early access to prompts by email.

A full list of membership benefits for each tier is listed on our Membership page.

Subscriptions & Renewals

Paid memberships are subscription plans that are automatically renewed on a monthly basis unless the member chooses to cancel or downgrade to the Freelancer Tier prior to the renewal date. The renewal date and rate are published on the Member’s Account page.

Author Tier membership subscriptions are currently charged at a rate of $5.99 per month. Wordsmith Tier membership subscriptions are currently charged at a rate of $9.99 per month. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

Passing Prompts reserves the right to cancel your membership at any time. Members may cancel their membership at any time. All membership and reading fees are non-refundable.

Prizes

A winning story will be chosen from the eligible stories submitted to each weekly contest. Within 2 – 4 weeks of the closing of the submissions the winning author will have their story published on our site in the Winning Stories section and be awarded a $15 Starbucks digital gift card via email for placing first in our Passing Prompts & Short Stories Contest.

Judging

Each week’s entries will go through three rounds of judging before a winner is chosen. The entries will be rated by our first round judges on a scale of 1-5. Those stories receiving a rating of 3 or higher will advance to the second round of judging. From these, the top ten stories will be chosen. Our winning story for that week will be chosen by our Head Wordsmith, Samantha.

Rights Granted to Passing Prompts

By agreeing to our Terms & Conditions the author agrees to grant Passing Prompts publication rights on the Passing Prompts website with digital archive rights in perpetuity. Author retains all other rights.

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