The IABD Presents network is launching our first ever short story contest!

This year's theme is "I met you before the fall of Rome." Yes, as you may have noticed, that is the first line of the song "It's All Been Done" by the Barenaked Ladies, which we thought appropriate for our network. We're looking for stories containing or centered around that line.


Official rules:

  • Limit of one entry per person.
  • Your story must be between 1,000 and 13,000 words
  • Your story does not have to contain the line "I met you before the fall of Rome" explicitly in it, but it must have those words as a major element, whether it is a line of dialogue or punchline or a description of the plot or whatever. Be creative! Just make sure it's significant, not a throw-away.
  • Deadline for all entries is February 28, 2017. Please email them to in .doc or .pdf format.
  • This year's judging will be done by Jerome Wetzel (who will include a story in the collection, but be ineligible for grand prize), Dallas Ray, and Seamus Talty.
  • The prizes will be as follows:
    • Grand prize: Will be recorded and released for sale as an audio production by some of our IABDRH troupe. The audio story will be sold, and the author will get 50% of any profits. Your story will also be part of the written collection released through our network website, initially for free, later for profit, and you will receive royalties from any profits made.
    • Runner-up prizes: (number will be determined partially based on number of eligible entries) Your story will be part of the written collection released through our network website, initially for free, later for profit, and you will received royalties from any profits made.
  • Stories selected for the collection become property of IABD Presents and cannot be published or distributed elsewhere without written permission from the network.
    • In return, the network agrees that the authors of selected stories will have a stake, to be determined by the network, in any profit-earning printings or publishing that come from them.
    • The network will NOT own the rights to the characters, so the author may use them for any expansions, sequels, and continuations as they see fit.
    • Any further use by the network, beyond printing and publishing the story itself and as part of the collection (aside from the Grand Prize), would be subject to a separate agreement between the network and the author, which either party may decline to prevent it from going forward.
  • All winning stories will undergo an editing pass by the network for grammar, format, and punctuation. Content will not be significantly altered without the permission of the author.