The WKMS "Short" Short Storytelling Contest

The short short storytelling contest is a chance to share your storytelling chops, get published, and hear your work on the radio!

Do you have a story to tell? 

Pull out your notepad and dust off your smart phone - it's time for the WKMS Short Short-Storytelling Competition!

It's all about how much you can hook in your audience in a short span of time! Romance, comedy, horror, memoir, stories that make you think or laugh out loud -- it's all possible. It's just got to fit into 3 to 5 minutes when read aloud.

The Rules

Who Can Submit?

Two Divisions:

Adult: Anyone in the listening area with a story to tell!

Student: High school juniors and seniors in the listening area. They just need to submit this consent form with their entry.

What To Submit?
Entrants submit a written short story accompanied by an audio recording (this can be done on your smartphone -- see how to record below). The story must be original and FCC clean (meaning no profanities). It must also be between 3 to 5 minutes when read aloud. Only one entry per person. 

Submission Deadline:
Submissions will be accepted September 14 -- October 14 at midnight.

A group of judges will narrow entries to a Top 4 in the adult division and a Top 4 students. The Top 4 must be available to read their stories on Murray State's Campus on Tuesday, October 30th at 6 p.m. Audience voting will help determine the Grand Prize Winner!

The Prize:
The best storyteller from each division (adult & student) will have their piece published in Paducah Life Magazine! They'll also have their piece air on the radio on WKMS-FM. AND the student winner will receive a $250 scholarship from Paducah Life to attend Murray State University. 

How to record your short story:
Here are some easy steps to record yourself on your smart phone and email the audio to WKMS. However, if you don't have access to a smart phone or have trouble navigating the recording, you can call 1-800-599-4737 for assistance. 

  1. Locate the memo or voice recorder on your smart phone. 

  2. Open the application and begin recording your story. Hold the phone up to your ear like you're speaking on it and read your story.

  3. Name your recording.


  4. Select the recording and the share icon.


  5. Send your entry to with SHORT STORY CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line. Please also include a typed text file of your story, your name and hometown, and whether you're entering the adult or student division. Student entrants must also include a signed Student Entry Form with your signature and your parent or guardian's signature if you are under the age of 18.

  6. That's it! You've entered. We look forward to hearing your short story.