short stories

Award Series

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 29, 2020
Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; University of Massachusetts Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; New Issues Press will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript with a $30 entry fee ($20 for AWP members) by February 29. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Book Awards

Binghamton University
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
February 1, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry collection of at least 48 pages. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award is given for a novel or a short story collection. Publishers or authors may submit two copies of books published in 2019 by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award

Southern Illinois University
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 8, 2020

Three prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection, a book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the previous year. Each winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to give a reading at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Authors or publishers may submit a poetry collection, novel, novella, short story or essay collection, or memoir published in 2019 along with a brief author bio, including publication history, and a $30 entry fee by February 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lamar York Prizes

Chattahoochee Review
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
January 31, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using only the online submission system, submit a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Chattahoochee Review, by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

First Novel Fellowship

James Jones Literary Society
Entry Fee: 
$33
Deadline: 
March 15, 2020
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in Provincetown Arts. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $30 application fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Entry Fee: 
$29
Deadline: 
February 15, 2020
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. Alberto Ríos will judge in poetry and Alice Sebold will judge in fiction. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nelligan Prize

Colorado Review
Entry Fee: 
$17
Deadline: 
March 14, 2020
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Lori Ostlund will judge. Submit a story between 2,500 and 12,500 words with a $15 entry fee ($17 for online submissions) by March 14. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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