short stories

Spring Story Contest

Narrative
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2017

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 work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Open

Glimmer Train Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
August 31, 2017

A prize of $3,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given twice yearly for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also given. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 3,000 to 24,000 words with a $21 entry fee by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train Press
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
August 31, 2017
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 August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

Snake Nation Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
August 31, 2017

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novella. Submit a story collection of up to 200 pages or a novella of up to 50,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story Award

Gival Press
Greater than $20
Deadline: 
August 8, 2017

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writing Contests

Black Warrior Review
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
September 1, 2017

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry, Nicola Griffith will judge in fiction, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New Millennium Awards

New Millennium Writings
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
July 31, 2017
Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings and on the journal's website are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay that have not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than five pages, a short short story of up to 1,000 words, or a story or essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee by July 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Short Story and Poetry Awards

Sixfold
$1 to $20
Deadline: 
July 24, 2017

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or a story of up to 20 pages with a $5 entry fee by July 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

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