Fall Fiction Contest \\ $2000 + Publication

Our Fall Fiction Contest is open for Submissions until Nov 30!

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Anita Felicelli is judging the 2019 Fall Fiction Contest! The winning story receives $2000 + publication, and a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Second and third place stories earn $300 and $200, respectively, publication, and correspondence from our judge

Anita Felicelli is the author of the novel CHIMERICA and the short story collection LOVE SONGS FOR A LOST CONTINENT, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in the SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, Catapult, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She graduated from UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law. She’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a VONA alum. She’s received a Puffin Foundation grant, Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart nominations, and her fiction and poems have been anthologized. CHIMERICA appeared on The Millions Most Anticipated List for 2019. Born in South India, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.


  • Submissions are open from Oct 1 – Nov 30
  • 6000 word limit
  • Fiction only
  • Emerging Writers only. (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit. Writers with novels published with a circulation of fewer than 5000 copies can also submit.)
  • $20 submission fee
  • International submissions allowed
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Translations allowed, providing the story has not been published in another language
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • Winner receives $2000 and publication
  • 2nd and 3rd place stories receive $300 and $200 respectively, in addition to publication
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
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2017 Winners:

“If I Could Have Anything, I’d Only Choose This” by Jill Rosenberg

Second Place Story:
“Lepidomancy” by Maria Lioutaia

Third Place Story:
“Together, Maureen” by Amanda Emil Anderson

Honorable Mentions:
“The Deca-Life Crisis” by Jessi Lewis
“Fog Area” by Ben Sandman

2016 Winners:

“Night Beast”
by Ruth Joffre

Second Place Story:
“Family, Family”
by Jeannine Ouellette

Third Place Story:
“Good Creatures, Small Things”
by Cate Fricke

2015 Winners:

“Linger Longer”
by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People”
by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
by Marisela Navarro