Secant Publishing

Indie Publishing in Delmarva     

The Year’s Best Dog Stories


A story competition and year-end book-length anthology


The Greyhound – An Indie Bookstore

Berlin, Maryland

Contest Sponsor


Secant Publishing announces a contest to find the year’s best short stories devoted to the theme of communication between dogs and humans. This is especially apt coming toward the end of a worldwide pandemic in which so many people have been sheltering in place and pets have been more psychologically important than ever to millions.

Submissions are welcome from any writer aged 18 or above.

Initial screening of all entries will be done by Ron Sauder, Publisher. A panel of independent judges will read all of the finalists and vote on one Gold Medal and two Silver Medal winners. Ties following canvass of the judges will be broken by Ron Sauder in conferral with Susan and Maury Wimbrow, owners, The Greyhound – An Indie Bookstore.


Original pieces of fiction, never before published, 500-3,000 words long. Winners will be, quite simply, highly readable, entertaining, and emotionally affecting. They can be in any genre, from literary and mystery to romance and paranormal. Humor is always welcome. Stories may or may not have conventionally happy endings, but they all must evince understanding of the human-canine connection and illuminate some aspect of communication across our species. Stories featuring gratuitous cruelty or violence to animals will be rejected.


One Gold Medal, worth $500 in cash, and two Silver Medals, worth $250 each, will be awarded on completion of the contest.


Anyone 18 and above is eligible to enter. There will be a reading fee of $10 which is payable at the time of submission. Contributors will retain copyright but Secant will reserve first worldwide publication rights in the English language. In addition to the three cash prizes described above, all contributors will receive two complimentary copies of the book upon publication and will be able to buy as many additional copies as they want at the standard author discount of 50%.


Deadline for submissions is May 1. The finished volume will be published in Fall 2021.

All submissions will be taken through the Duosuma submissions platform. 

QUESTIONS:        Ron Sauder, (410) 845-3193