Melius Scripto Press International, Ltd Presents

Dystopian Short Story Contest

May 1st

Open for Entries

August 31st

Deadline for Submissions


Seeking uniquely dystopian short stories (prose only, no scripts, no poetry) for the double theme.

Our acquisitions team is looking for short stories within the theme described below.

We want to read your story!

Ten selected writers will be published in the MSPI dystopian anthology tentatively entitled “Virus and Savior.” All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this anthology return to the author after one year from publication date, until and unless other agreements are made.

Max Word Count: 10,000

Winning Stories announced: November 1, 2020

Anthology Published: December 15, 2020

The Rules

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only.

Between May 1, 2020 and Midnight of the latest time zone August 31, 2020.

There is no entry fee for this anthology.

There is no limit to the number of stories you may submit.

The story may have been previously published, however all submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). If it has been previously published and you aren’t sure about your rights, do not submit the story.

Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.

If a writing team is chosen as a winner, the person who submits the project will be the only point of contact (POC) recognized by MSPI and its team unless other arrangements are made in writing. Any applicable royalties will be paid only to the POC per a signed contract. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing any royalties.

Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed.

All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders unless and until other agreements are made.

Entries must be received on or before the deadline.


Entry Conditions and Release

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless MSPI, Ltd,, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, anthology editors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the story by a Released Party in violation of your rights under

applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the MSPI, ltd. and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest. Employees of MSPI, Ltd. and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before publication and the selected authors may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).
Submission or acceptance into this anthology competition does not constitute an agreement for royalty payments. Any such agreement will be made separately only upon acceptance for publication by MSPI.

Copyyright and Ownership

MSPI or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this anthology claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original short story submitted to this anthology. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made upon selection for the anthology.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to MSPI and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of an entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Refund Policy

Not applicable for this anthology as there are no entrance fees.

Ready to Submit Your Story?

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