short stories

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 1, 2021
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.

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Entry Fee: 
$29
Deadline: 
February 15, 2021
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.

Award Series

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
February 28, 2021
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; Red Hen Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; New Issues Poetry & Prose 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 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

First Novel Fellowship

James Jones Literary Society
Entry Fee: 
$33
Deadline: 
March 15, 2021
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000. Using only the online submission system, submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline with a $33 application fee by March 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lamar York Prizes

Chattahoochee Review
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
February 8, 2021
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 February 8. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fall Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
November 30, 2020
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 longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication in Narrative is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $27 entry fee by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Juniper Prizes

University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
September 30, 2020
Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, a novella or novel, and a book of creative nonfiction. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Submit a poetry manuscript of 50 to 70 pages or a story collection, novel, novella, memoir, book of narrative nonfiction, biography, or essay collection of 150 to 300 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Calvino Prize

University of Louisville
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 15, 2020
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Miracle Monocle is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to read at the University of Louisville. Joyce Carol Oates will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a short story or an excerpt from a story collection, novel, or novella of up to 25 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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