short stories

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 30, 2022
A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$40
Deadline: 
May 31, 2022
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Anthony E. Varallo will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 30, 2022
A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of North Texas Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 100 to 200 pages with a $25 entry fee between May 1 and June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Prize

Salamander
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
June 1, 2022
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Jamie Quatro will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee between May 1 and June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
March 31, 2022
A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a poetry manuscript of 45 to 95 pages or a fiction manuscript of 120 to 280 pages with a $27 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Contest

Gemini Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$8
Deadline: 
March 31, 2022
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with an $8 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2022
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for Poetry is given for a poem or group of poems. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story or a flash fiction piece. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay or a flash nonfiction piece. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length, three pieces of flash fiction or nonfiction of up to 1,500 words each, or a story or essay of up to 4,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry) by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrod International Journal
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 1, 2022
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for a group of poems and a work of fiction. A runner-up in each category receives $1,000 and publication. The winners and runners-up will also participate in a virtual awards ceremony and conference in October. Submit 3 to 10 pages of poetry or a story or novel excerpt of up to 7,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Nimrod International Journal, by April 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Entry Fee: 
$29
Deadline: 
February 15, 2022
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a poetry collection of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by February 15. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a collection of stories or novellas or a short novel of 150 to 250 pages with a $29 entry fee by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 1, 2022
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the prize issue, by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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