Fall Fiction Contest \ $2000 + Publication

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the following authors, whose stories were selected by Kelly Link as winners of our 2016 Fall Fiction Contest. All three stories will be published on the blog this year, so stay tuned. Thank you again to everyone who submitted; it was an honor to read your work. Cheers!


2016 Fall Fiction Contest Winners

Check back to read the winning stories, published February/March 2017


“Night Beast” by Ruth Joffre

Second Place Story:

“Family, Family” by Jeannine Ouellette

Third Place Story:

“Good Creatures, Small Things” by Cate Fricke

Honorable Mentions:

“The Promised Land” by Devin Symons
“Property House” by Jess Pane
“Athena Dreams of a Hollow Body” by JR Fenn

Meet the writers selected for the Fall Fiction shortlist here.

Contest Details:

The winning writer is awarded $2000, publication, and a year’s subscription to Duotrope, one of the best resources for writers on the web. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively and also earn publication on the site. All stories submitted will be considered for publication. It is very common for us to accept additional work.

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. Like our judge, we don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle us, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot. For a good idea of what we like you can read last year’s winners. Our New Voices archive is also a good reference.

Last Year’s Winners:

“Linger Longer” by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People” by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing” by Marisela Navarro

About Kelly Link

organe porcupineKELLY LINK is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections including Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Get In Trouble was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and was named a Best Book of The Year by Time, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, The Washington Post, and many others.