Contest Rules

TreadBikely is excited to announce that we’re currently accepting submissions for our first free, open format story contest!

Prize payouts, processed via PayPal, are as follows:

  • 1st Place: $150
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50

Utilize whatever writing format moves you most—short story, poem, essay, song lyrics, etc.—but first, familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines, along with the following rules. Failure to do so will result in disqualification:

  • This contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, from any location
  • There is no cost ($0) to enter the contest
  • One submission per person
  • Fiction and non-fiction are acceptable
  • Submissions must be related to cycling
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Submissions must be fewer than 1,500 words
  • Submissions must be original and written by the submitter
  • Submissions must not have been previously published elsewhere, whether online or offline
  • Derek Lakin, founder of TreadBikely, is the sole contest judge
  • TreadBikely retains rights to all submissions, and may publish stories from non-winners

The submission deadline is March 1, 2020 12:00 AM PST. There are two methods for submitting your work:

  1. Send an email, whether by attaching a Word document, copy-and-pasting text into the body of the email, or including a Google Docs link
  2. Fill out the form below. If uploading directly, we can accept Word (.doc, docx), .txt, and .pdf files.

Winners will be notified on March 15, 2020 at the email addresses listed in their submissions. If a winner fails to reply within 30 days, another winner will be chosen.


By submitting your story, you agree to all contest rules (rules are subject to change).

Have questions? Email us.


TreadBikely wants your cycling story.

Click below for details!