Awards For New Writers

$5000 Awarded! Submissions for the sixth volume of our anthology are now open. Stories and essays judged by Roxane Gay. For more info, visit our anthology page.

Thank you, Submitters!


Thank you to everyone who submitted to our Short Story Award For New Writers!

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the spring. The winning writer will be awarded $2000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will earn agency review from Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. All stories submitted will be considered for publication. It is very common for us to accept additional work. We look forward to reading your stories! Stay tuned for announcements.

Summer Award Winners:

“Red” by Katie Knoll

Second Place Story:
“Ledgers” by Claire Boyles

Third Place Story:
“The First Location” by Molly Reid

2016 Fall Fiction Contest Winners

The incredible Kelly Link selected stories for our Fall Fiction Contest. See the winners and shortlisted writers below. Stories publish this spring. More details on our Fall Fiction page.

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 and learn more about this contest, here.

Last Year’s Winners:

“Linger Longer” by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People” by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing” by Marisela Navarro