short stories

Fiction Prize

Salamander
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
June 1, 2020

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Elliot Ackerman 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.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
June 30, 2020

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, 2020
A prize of $2,000, publication by Elixir Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Christy Stillwell will judge. Submit a manuscript of 120 to 500 pages with a $40 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
April 10, 2020

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 April 10. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contest

New South
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
April 1, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Paige Lewis will judge in poetry and Kristen Arnett will judge in prose. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 7,500 words of prose with a $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, 2020
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 a $8 entry fee by March 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story and Poetry Awards

Sixfold
Entry Fee: 
$5
Deadline: 
April 23, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by April 23. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2020
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 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the prize issue, 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, 2020
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short 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. 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.

Fiction Award

Leapfrog Press
Entry Fee: 
$33
Deadline: 
May 1, 2020

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, novel, or novella. Cris Mazza and the Leapfrog editors will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 22,000 words with a $33 entry fee by May 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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