short stories

Writing Contests

Gulf Coast
Entry Fee: 
$23
Deadline: 
April 15, 2019
Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Gulf Coast are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $23 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Gulf Coast, by April 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contest

New South
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
March 21, 2019

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems or up to 9,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to New South, by March 21. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Contest

Gemini Magazine
Entry Fee: 
$10
Deadline: 
April 1, 2019
A prize of $5,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $10 entry fee by April 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
April 30, 2019
A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 1,000 to 12,000 words with a $18 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrod International Journal
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2019
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. U.S. writers may submit 3 to 10 pages of poetry or up to 7,500 words of fiction with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Nimrod International Journal, by April 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
February 15, 2019

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train Press
Entry Fee: 
$16
Deadline: 
February 28, 2019
A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300 to 3,000 words with a $16 entry fee by February 28. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nelligan Prize

Colorado Review
Entry Fee: 
$15
Deadline: 
March 14, 2019
A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Joan Silber will judge. Submit a story of 2,500 to 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.

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books
Entry Fee: 
$29
Deadline: 
February 15, 2019
Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. Each winner will also receive a two-week residency at the Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead in Louisville, Kentucky. 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. Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner will judge both prizes. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lamar York Prizes

Chattahoochee Review
Entry Fee: 
$18
Deadline: 
January 31, 2019

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using 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.

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