short stories

Katherine Anne Porter Prize

University of North Texas Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
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.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 30, 2021
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. 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, 2021
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Ann Harleman 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.

Fiction Prize

Salamander
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
June 1, 2021
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Yiyun Li 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.

Writing Contest

New South
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
April 1, 2021
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach will judge in poetry and E. J. Koh will judge in prose. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or no more than 7,500 words of prose with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by April 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Contest

Gemini Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$8
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
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.

Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
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 $25 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
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. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay. 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, 2021
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 also receive transportation and lodging to attend an awards ceremony and writing conference in Tulsa in October, or will participate in a ceremony and conference virtually, as public health guidelines allow. 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.

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