Writing Contests

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The Chatables Q2 2021

Writing Contest

Put The Listener at

the Center of the Action!

Deadline for entries is:  May 15, 2021

1st Place - $200

2nd Place - $100

3rd Place - $50

Chatables publishes voice-interactive "conversational stories" in which a virtual character talks to you, the listener,  and you answer back. These stories are currently published in our Storyteller Cafe voice app on Amazon Alexa.


Please use our voice app and listen to as many stories as possible before entering this contest! ("Alexa, open Storyteller Cafe").

We publish stories aimed at grown ups, but with content that is family safe. (A mom should enjoy interacting with the story while preparing dinner without being worried that her child might overhear).

We welcome entries from all authors! To learn more about how to write a conversational story and how to use our tools, please visit our For Authors page to download our writing guides and access our video tutorials.

Important: Create your own character(s), but each character will have to be performed by one of these 4 adult voices: US Male, US Female, UK Female, UK Male. 


For this contest, we are looking for stories that put the listener right in the middle of the action. Create situations where things are happening to the listener, where they are getting information and then have to decide what to do with it, and where they have the sense that they are influencing the flow of events. You can assign the listener a role or even a name in your story. We’re also looking for dramatic stories that build over four episodes. Note: A typical episode contains 400 - 750 words.

Try the following stories for ideas:

In Storyteller Cafe: "Saving Mr. Mars" series by April M. Woodard (all 3 stories)

In The Expresso Machine: "Miracle Cream Deception"

--This story assigns the listener a specific character role

To stay up-to-date on the latest helpful tips, be sure to request access to our private Facebook group for Chatables authors

Official Rules

  • No entry fee is required. 

  • Must be 18 or older to enter.

  • Entries must adhere to our editorial guidelines.

  • All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. 

  • Authors retain the rights to their submissions.

  • To be eligible for a prize in this contest, the listener must be at the center of the story's action and the story must contain at least 4 episodes.

  • Entries must be written using Expresso (the Chatables writing editor) and submitted in Expresso format (.json).

  • Each entrant may submit no more than one entry to the contest.

  • Each entrant is eligible for only one cash prize.

  • Chatables is under no obligation to publish the author's contest entries.

  • By submitting to the contest, the author grants Chatables LLC the right to publish the story in a voice app experience.

  • Authors whose stories are accepted for publication will be required to sign an Authors Agreement prior to publication. 

  • Entries must be received by amy@chatables.com in Expresso format (.json) by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, May15, 2021.  

  • Three cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

    • 1st Place - $200

    • 2nd Place - $100

    • 3rd Place - $50

  • All judges or members of the Chatables staff are ineligible.

  • The judges' decisions are final.

  • Winners will be notified by email no later than June 15, 2021.

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