Contest Official Rules


1. Contest general information

Contest: Button fiction, spring contest (hereinafter referred to as the “Contest”)

Organizer: Short Edition, a company registered in Grenoble, France, under number #530 552 009, which registered office sets in 615 avenue du Peuras, 38210 Tullins, France (hereinafter referred to as the “Organizer” or “Short Edition”).

2. Stages of the Contest


Once a work is submitted (hereinafter referred to as a “Submission”) by an author who qualifies with the eligibility criteria set forth in Section 5 (hereinafter referred to as an “Author”), it is checked and validated by the Organizer’s editorial team, which ensures that the Submission qualifies based on the minimum requirements set forth herein. Judgments and decisions made by the Organizer’s editorial team as to Submission eligibility and disqualification are at its complete discretion and are final. The Organizer cannot be held responsible towards any other because a Submission has been qualified or disqualified.
As soon as a Submission is considered as complying with the Contest Official Rules and validated by the Organizer’s editorial team (hereinafter referred to as a “Qualifying Submission”), it will be published online throughout the submission period of the Contest, as per Section 4, so that readers can read it and vote for it. As from the day of publication and for the whole Contest duration, the Author is not allowed to delete the Qualifying Submission. If the Author's work is accepted elsewhere and he or she wishes to publish elsewhere, then the Author must inform Short Édition before the end of the submissions period (March 12th), at which point Short Édition will delete the submission from the contest website.

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20 Authors will be selected by the Organizer’s editorial team to be finalists of the contest (hereinafter referred to as the “Finalists”), and 10 Authors will be selected by the community of readers registered on the Organizer’s website (hereinafter referred to as the “Online Community”) to be Finalists, based on the highest number of Online Community votes. Therefore, there will be 30 Finalists. In case there are less than 60 Qualifying Submissions, the number of Finalist will equal 50% of the number of Qualifying Submissions. The Organizer’s editorial team will select 3/4 of the Finalists and the Online Community will select 1/4 of the Finalists. The list of Finalists will be announced on the Contest website on April 2nd.
No Author can be selected both by the Organizer’s editorial team and the Online Community.
The Organizer’s editorial team reserves the right to increase the number of Finalists at any time, without justification and liability of any kind.


Once the Finalists are announced on the Contest website, the Organizer resets to zero all the votes made during the submission period of the Contest, as per Section 4, and the Online Community has 2 weeks to vote for their favorite Finalist. Members of the Online Community can vote for as many Finalists as they wish, but only vote once for each Finalist. Members of the Online Community can comment on as many Finalist as they wish.
The Organizer’s editorial team will select between the Finalists 1 winner (hereinafter referred to as the “Winner”) and, 3 runners-up (hereinafter referred to as the “Runner(s)-up”). There will also be an Online Community winner (hereinafter referred to as the “Public Winner”), which will be the finalist who receives the most Online Community votes.
No Finalist can be chosen as the Winner(s) and the Public Winner and a Runner(s) at the same time.
The results of the Contest will be published here.

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The Prizes

  • For the Public Winner: a monetary prize of $500 USD
  • For the Winner: a monetary prize of $500 USD
  • For the Runner(s)-up: a monetary prize of $150 USD

Monetary prizes will be distributed by a wire-transfer mailed by the Organizer or any other payment method chosen by the Organizer. The Winner, Runner(s)-up and Public Winner are each solely responsible for any applicable taxes on their prize. They are also responsible for confirming the correct ship-to address. A signature will be required at the time of delivery.
Monetary prizes constitute an advance payment to Author on the royalties in application of the General Terms and Conditions, where Short Edition decides to further publish the corresponding Qualifying Submission in application of paragraph “Submission” in Section 2 above. Voting conditions
The offering of incentives or any other counterpart in exchange for votes or comments is strictly prohibited. The use of bots and/or robotic submissions is prohibited. The Organizer has the right to delete any vote, at any time, where it suspects that such vote violated at least one of the previously mentioned Contest Official Rules, without any liability towards the member of the Online Community or the Author.
Members of the Online Community can vote for as many Qualifying Submission as they wish, but only vote once for each Qualifying Submission. Members of the Online Community can comment on as many Qualifying Submission as they wish. Each member of Online Community has a certain number of available votes, depending on his/her implication in the community. Further information in accessible here

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3. Contest duration

The Contest opens on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (15:00 p.m. CT) and will remain open until tuesday, March 12, 2019 (11:59 p.m. CT). The Organizer’s editorial team review begins on March 12, 2019 and runs through April 2, 2019. Finalists will be announced on April 2, 2019. The Organizer’s editorial team review of the Finalists Submissions and the Online Community votes begin on April 2, 2019 and runs through April 16, 2019. The Winner and the Runners-up and the Public Winner will be announced in April 16th.

4. Authors eligibility

The contest is open to everyone. All writers, regardless of nationality, native language, and age are invited to participate. All Authors must create their author account online ( and submit their Submission using a valid email address.
Authors shall choose their own username while creating their author account — this username will therefore be associated with their Submission when published on the Contest website — and shall also provide their full name and contact information to the Organizer. The Organizer must be able to easily get in touch with the Authors for any reason.
Each Submission will be emailed a confirmation of receipt. Authors will receive an email if there is a change in status of the Submission.

5. Submission conditions

General Submission conditions

No purchase is required to submit or to win the Contest. All the Submissions will be reviewed by the Organizer’s editorial team to ensure they comply with the Contest Official Rules. Each Submission can be disqualified if it does not comply with the Contest Official Rules.
Each Submission must be new, unpublished, original and written by the submitting Author and shall be written in English.
The submission process is entirely electronic via the Button Fiction, Spring Contest 2019 submission portal.
No paper manuscripts will be accepted. The submission form is copy/paste format.
All submissions must fall within the fictional short story category.

Specific Submission conditions

  • All genres are accepted, as long as they are literary fiction (historical fiction is acceptable if it includes an imaginative story).
  • No biographical narrative, news-related texts or social issues written in a journalistic style will be accepted.
  • Submissions may not exceed 8 000 characters (including spaces).


  • Dialogue: any portions of dialogue should be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • Italics: titles of work, narrator thoughts, emphasis on words, and words in a foreign language should all be italicized.
  • Line breaks: insert a single blank line between paragraphs for ease of reading.
  • Submission titles: titles for Submissions written in capital letters will not be preserved, except for acronyms and initials. Please follow typographical norms for writing your title (i.e. capital letter with each word – The Great Gatsby, A River Runs Through It, etc.).
  • No indentations: please do not indent any lines.

Multiple Submissions:

Authors can submit up to one Submission in each category

6. Rights granted on the Submissions

The Author grants to the Organizer the right to modify, edit, correct and publish any Qualifying Submission on the website and in any other online media for the Contest duration (hereinafter referred to as the “Temporary License”). This Temporary License allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in the Contest. The Author acknowledges and agrees that no royalties or any other payment of any kind is due in application of the Temporary License.
However, the Organizer reserves the right to contact an Author to enter into a long-form license contract for the publication of its Submission in the Short Story Dispensers around the world out of the Contest framework. At the end of the Contest, Short Edition will have four (4) weeks to notify the Author of its intent to further publish a Qualifying Submission in Short Edition’s short stories dispensers and/or on any other media. If Short Edition decides to further publish a Qualifying Submission, Short Edition’s current General Terms and Conditions shall constitute a contract between Short Edition and the Author.

7. Author’s personal data

Submission of the registration details and any prize notification documents (hereinafter referred to as the “Entrant Data”) constitutes the Author’s consent given to the Organizer to obtain, use, and transfer the Author’s name, address and other details for Contest purposes.
By accepting a prize, the Winner, the Runners-up and the Public Winner give their consent for the use of their names, biographical information, including city and state of residence, for promotional purposes (hereinafter referred to as the “Promotion”) by Organizer, and its designees, including but not limited to the posting of their names on the Organizer’s website, in a winners list, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Such Promotion shall be solely under control of the Organizer and/or its licensors, and the Winner, the Runners-up and the Public Winner hereby waive any right on the Promotion contents as well as any possible claims of misuse of the Winner, the Runners-up and the Public Winner’s names under contract, tort or any other theory of law.

8. Author’s warranties

The Submissions shall not violate or infringe any rights (including but not limited to privacy rights, copyrights, trade secrets, confidential information, trademarks, or trade names). Submissions shall not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity. Submissions shall not contain or describe any excessively obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, or provocative violence or sex. Submissions shall not contain derogatory, racist, or sexist language or situations. Submissions shall not contain plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission. Each Author is responsible and shall defend and hold the Organizer harmless from and against any infringement claim related to its Submission.

9. Applicable law – Disputes

This Contest and these Contest Official Rules are submitted to the laws of France.
In the event of difficulty over the validity, interpretation or performance of these Contest Official Rules, the Author or the Organizer shall reach the other for an amicable dispute resolution. In case such amicable dispute resolution fails, or no solution is found within thirty (30) days from notification, the Author or the Organizer shall bring the dispute before the competent courts of France.