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Architecture of Power: Short Story Contest

Architecture of Power: Short Story Contest
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Architecture of Power: Short Story Contest

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Read the Winner: "Years"

Standard: $24.99
55+ and Active-duty Military: $19.99
Student: $14.99
Grand Prize: $500 + Bonus
Deadline: February 28th 11:59PM PST
Winner awarded: March 31st

Short Story Brief

Welcome to 2019; polarizing political views are an ever-present reality and it doesn't seem to be improving. Whether you live in the US or on the other side of the globe our environments are actors in the theater of influence. What happens when design becomes part of the equation?

Write a short story that puts into narrative how architecture affects the lives of people in power and those on the fringes of society. 

How does it aid the status quo or give opportunity for change? How can it give life to leadership or perpetuate isolation? How does it challenge characters and personalities?

Through your creative writing, you can capture an angle of reality that no other person can. Perhaps your story is about a boy living in colonial Africa who is told his culture has nothing to offer or maybe a woman in urban America who is struggling to get out of public housing; it is up to you.

Craft your story, make it unique and impactful, we can't wait to see what you create.

Judging Criteria

Short story submissions will be evaluated based on originality, mastery of the brief, and their power to express the intention & perspective of the author.

How this works

  1. Purchase your entry ticket to the Architecture of Power: Short Story Contest
  2. After purchase you will receive an email with a submission link.
  3. Submit your original story to GoArchitect, using the submission link, by February 28, 11:59 PM PST.
  4. Winner will be announced March 31, 2019.
  5. If you win, your story will be featured on GoArchitect and you will receive the grand prize of at least $500!


  • Submissions must be 1,500 words or fewer
  • Submissions must be in English
  • May be fictional or non-fiction
  • Must be an original short story, written by the submitter
  • No previously published short stories
  • Deadline to submit: February 28th 11:59PM PST
  • Winner will be announced on March 31st
  • Bonus is determined by total number of entrants.
  • Participants retain rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant GoArchitect allowance to share short stories online on the Blog. We will not publish your work without further approval.
  • Standard participant is open to anyone from anywhere
  • Student participant must be currently enrolled in K-12 or University

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