short stories

Fiction Award

Leapfrog Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
May 1, 2017

A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Jeffery Renard Allen and the editors will judge. Using 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.

Hudson Prize

Black Lawrence Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
March 31, 2017

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

Fiction Open

Glimmer Train Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2017

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 3,000 to 20,000 words with a $21 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literary Awards

Bellingham Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2017

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; Robert Cording will judge. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given for a short story; John Dufresne will judge. The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given for an essay; Julie Marie Wade will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 6,000 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.

Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train Press
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2017

A prize of $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a very short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 300 to 3,000 words with a $16 entry fee by April 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Gulf Coast
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
April 9, 2017

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

Literary Prize

St. Francis College
No entry fee
Deadline: 
May 15, 2017

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially for a third, fourth, or fifth published book of fiction. Self-published books and English translations are eligible. Jeffery Renard Allen, Ellen Litman, and Rene Steinke will judge. Submit five copies of a short story collection or novel published between June 2015 and May 2017 by May 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrod International Journal
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
April 30, 2017

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Nimrod International Journal are given annually for works of poetry and short fiction. The winners also receive transportation and lodging to attend an awards ceremony and writing conference in Tulsa in October. A runner-up in each category receives $1,000 and publication in Nimrod International Journal. 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.

Literary Awards

The Pinch
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
March 15, 2017

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Amorak Huey will judge in poetry, Caitlin Horrocks will judge in fiction, and Jill Talbot will judge in nonfiction. Submit up to three poems of any length or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 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.

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