short stories

Fall Story Contest

Narrative
Entry Fee: 
$27
Deadline: 
November 30, 2019

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.

Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

BkMk Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
January 15, 2020

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of poetry or 125 to 300 pages of short fiction with a $25 entry fee ($30 for electronic submissions) by January 15, 2020. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Keeping It Short and Sweet: Postcard From New York City

by
Doug Diesenhaus
2.1.06

The second annual Story Prize ceremony, held at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in late January, began like most literary events in New York City—with much chattering among publishing folk, rising in volume until the lights went down and a hush descended on the room. The evening’s format was simple. The three finalists, fiction writers Jim Harrison, Maureen F. McHugh, and Patrick O’Keefe, would each read from their books and then sit for a short discussion with Larry Dark. In 2004 Dark, the former O. Henry Prize Stories series editor, launched the prize with Julie Lindsey in an effort to promote a genre they believed was underrepresented by other literary awards. The winner of the first annual prize was Edwidge Danticat for The Dew Breaker (Knopf, 2004).

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Kelly Link reads an excerpt of the story "Light" from her latest collection, Get in Trouble, published in February by Random House.   Light two men, one raised by wolves The man at the bar on the stool beside her: bent like a hook over some item. A...

In the Country by Mia Alvar

Mia Alvar reads an excerpt from her debut story collection, In the Country, published in June by Knopf.   Legends of the White Lady If you are beautiful and broke, one place left for you is Asia. Usually when I ran out of money I went to Tokyo—...

Mighty River Short Story Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press
Entry Fee: 
$20
Deadline: 
October 1, 2019

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given for a short story. The annual award will be discontinued after this year. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Calvino Prize

University of Louisville
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
October 15, 2019

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 annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in February 2020. Kim Chinquee 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.

Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Fiction Collective Two
Entry Fee: 
$25
Deadline: 
November 1, 2019

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Renee Gladman will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a brief bio, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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