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Animals During The Pandemic

We are excited to collaborate with Plympton on this animal short story contest. Plympton is a literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. Plympton is behind a number of popular literary projects like Recovering the Classics, the Subway Library, the Twitter Fiction Festival, and more.

Prompt: How do animals experience a world undergoing COVID19? Write a story from the animals' perspective. Some potential ideas:
  • A herd of goats takes over a seaside town in Wales.
  • When New York City goes on lockdown, the rats are desperate for food and turn cannibalistic, even with their own young.
  • Dogs who have languished in pounds are suddenly adopted by families quarantined across the country.
What are these moments like for the animals themselves? What thoughts do they have? What emotions? Your stories can be inspired by real-life events like these, or entirely fictional. Please keep your stories PG-13 and at least 500 words.

Need More Inspiration? Check out these news articles about what animals are doing during these times:

September 1st 2020, 7:00 am ~ October 2nd 2020, 6:59 am (your time zone)


Please keep your stories PG-13 and at least 500 words. Submissions must be stories with a beginning, middle, and end.


The winning story will get editorial feedback from Heidi Pitlor, a published novelist and the editor of The Best American Short Stories

Submission Info

If you tag an eligible story withcovid-animals, that story will automatically be entered. Using the below button to create will automatically enter your creation into the contest.

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