short stories

Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
September 1, 2019

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Tommy Pico will judge in poetry, Rivers Solomon will judge in fiction, and Selah Saterstrom will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Spring Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$26
Deadline: 
July 31, 2019

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $26 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Award

Gival Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
August 8, 2019

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story and Poetry Awards

Sixfold
Entry Fee: 
$5
Deadline: 
July 24, 2019

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story of up to 20 pages with a $5 entry fee by July 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2019
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 7,499 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

Philadelphia Stories
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
June 15, 2019

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Philadelphia Stories is given annually for a short story. The winner will also receive travel and lodging expenses to read at Rosemont College in October. Writers currently living in the United States are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the issue of Philadelphia Stories in which the prize-winning story appears, by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$40
Deadline: 
May 31, 2019
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Gary Fincke will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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