We are now accepting submissions for our Tales of Toil + Trouble contest! 
We’re looking for short YA fiction stories in the gothic and Halloween spirit.
Winners will be featured on our website, social media, and podcast! 


Word count: Between 1,000 – 2,500 words

*Content Note: Because we are a platform for young adult readers and writers, we ask that all submissions exclude explicit content dealing with violence, gore, substance abuse, etc. We do not accept erotica or works with graphic sexual scenes. Your spooky short story can have horror elements, but please keep this in mind!

Writers must be 18+

DEADLINE: October 21st​

Submission Format​

  • Please send all submissions via email to
  • Subject line should specify that the submission is for “Tales of Toil + Trouble Contest” as well as it’s genre (fiction)
    • ex. “Tales of Toil + Trouble Contest, fiction”
  • In the body of the email please include: your name, a brief bio (should be in 3rd person, about 80-100 words), and any social media handles
  • Please include the submission as an .doc or .docx attachment (not copied and pasted into the body of the email)
    • *Please exclude your name from the submission document

Submission Review Process​

Winners will be contacted by late-October, so be sure to check your emails! Winners will be invited to join the Pine Reads Review podcast to read an excerpt of their piece, and have their winning submission featured on our website and social media.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for works published to the site.

By submitting your work to Pine Reads Review, you are granting permission for us to publish your work online. Authors will maintain the rights to their work. 

Writing Contests

To view our previous writing contest winners & read the winning submissions click below:
Spooky Short Story
Words of Winter
Love Me, Love Me Not
Spring Into Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Tales of Boarding School
or check out WRITING CONTESTS in the drop down menu under SUBMISSIONS!