Fall Fiction Contest \\ $2000 + Publication

You guys, we love Fall. For our third annual Fall Fiction Contest we welcome the incredible BRIAN EVENSON, who will be judging the best fiction under 7000 words. Something about this contest brings out the best in submitters and we’re thrilled to see what stories we receive this year. Check out the winning pieces from years past, below, and our story guidelines for submitting. We look forward to reading your work. Cheers!

Fall Fiction Contest – Judged by Brian Evenson

Judged by BRIAN EVENSON. The winning story receives $2000 + publication, and a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Second and third place stories earn $200 and $100, respectively, publication, and correspondence from our judge.

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GUIDELINES:

  • Submissions are open from Sept 15 – Nov 15
  • 7000 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.)
  • $20 to enter
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • International submissions allowed

Thanks for supporting our publication, and thank you for your work.

Contest Details:

The winning writer is awarded $2000 and publication on the site as well as a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively, publication, and will also receive a note on their work from our judge. All stories submitted will be considered for publication. It is very common for us to accept additional work.

Although we love the dark and gothic, like our judge, we don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. 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.

About Our Judge

BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses. He is one of fiction’s best literary writers with a stellar eye for gothic and dark literary fiction. A Shirley Jackson, International Horror and Edgar Award finalist, as well as the winner of three O. Henry Prizes, this contest is in the very best of hands.

2016 Winners:

Winner:
“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:

Winner:
“Linger Longer”
by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People”
by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing”
by Marisela Navarro