A. Any story submitted to T.A.V. must be your own unpublished original creation. If you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, or any website accessible to the general public (i.e., if the story can be found and read online without a password or friend status or other limitation), it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for this program.

B. Type and format the short story as per the following instructions:

  • Written in English
  • A maximum of 1,000 words
  • Typed Font: Arial, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • No page numbers
  • Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included in the document.
  • No illustrations

C. We don’t have the resources to manage copyright permissions, please do not send us works with quoted song lyrics. You may use song titles and the names of composers, lyricists, and/or performers, and you may paraphrase or refer to the song lyrics, but we are unable to publish stories with directly quoted song lyrics unless they are in the public domain (written before 1920).

D. We will not publish stories which feature living public figures as characters, although referencing them (e.g., in terms of a concert/event/sighting) is acceptable. Historical/deceased public figures are acceptable as characters. We do not publish fan fiction and will not publish stories which feature non-original characters, although referencing them (e.g., in a film, as a toy, etc.) is fine, and historical/cultural/ legendary characters which are clearly not the property of a single creator (e.g., Santa Claus, King Arthur) are also permissible.

Submission Process:

Applicants are encouraged to make their submission using the online entry form and as early as possible before the deadline. If applicants are unable to access the online Entry Form, entries can be submitted by email or post. If you’re emailing your submission, please send it as an attachment. If you’re mailing your submission, please note that submissions will not be returned. Mailed entries should be typed, double spaced, and written on single sided white A4 paper. If we are interested in running your piece we will contact you within 90 days. Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions we receive, we will not get back with you if we decide not to use your submission.

Send all documents together in the post to:
The Alluring Violet
c/o Short Story Review
1629 K. St. N.W., Suite 300
Washington DC,  20006

Terms and Agreements:

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions:

No multi-submissions and No simultaneous submissions- unfortunately, we do not take simultaneous submissions; please give us 90 days exclusive consideration of your story.

There is none however, publication also includes an opportunity to promote your writing beyond The Alluring Violet. We will gladly provide a link to your blog or website or your preferred social media platform, and if you have books available for sale, we can link to those as well.

Due to our aggressive publication schedule, we ask you to agree to our contract as part of the submission process:

I hereby grant The Alluring Violet LLC First Rights to publish my story (online and by subscription, including any subscription method/medium available at the time of publication). Exclusivity is only granted to The Alluring Violet for 30 days from the story’s original publication date. Copyright always remains with the author.

I represent and warrant that I am the sole author of the Work, which is original and not previously published. To the best of my knowledge, it does not infringe any third party’s copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights, does not contain any libelous material, and nor does it violate any third party’s right of privacy or publicity.

If I am found to be in willful breach of any of these representations and warranties, I agree to indemnify THE ALLURING VIOLET LLC for any and all costs and expenses resulting from that breach.

I accept and confirm that there will be no compensation for this publication.
I understand and agree that, after the date of publication, my story will remain accessible online in The Alluring Violet’s archives at the editors’ discretion, unless and until I submit a written request for its removal from the site.

Please note: Incomplete Entry Forms and Short Stories not submitted in accordance with the Entry INSTRUCTIONS and Entry TERMS AND CONDITIONS will not be eligible for consideration. No entries can be returned. Due to the volume of Entries for the Award, there will be no acknowledgement of receipt for Entries submitted by post. Entries submitted by email will receive an automated acknowledgement.

Queries: Please send all queries regarding a submission’s status to our managing editor