Awards For New Writers

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our Anthology Prize. Our shortlist has been announced! For more info, visit our anthology page.


 Short Story Award For New Writers

“Thanks for providing a place for emerging talents to thrive!”
— Amy Williams, The Williams Agency

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$3000 + Publication + Agency Review

It’s back! Our Short Story Award For New Writers, our biggest submission period of the year. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, and Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

GUIDELINES:

  • Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($200/$100, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • 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 works published with a circulation of less than 5000 copies can also submit)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: July 31, 2017
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

To submit a story click the submit button:

Contest Details:

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the fall. The winning writer will be awarded $3000, publication, and agency review. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will earn agency review. 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. 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.


//  PAST AWARD WINNERS  //

Winter Short Story Award Winners 2016

Winner
“Operation” by Scott Gloden

Second Place Story
“White Out” by Caitlin O’Neil

Third Place Story
“Malheur Refuge” by Rick Attig

Fall Fiction Contest Winners 2016

Judged by Kelly Link. Details on our Fall Fiction Contest page.

Winner:
“Night Beast” by Ruth Joffre

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

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

Summer Short Story Award 2016

Winner:
“Red”
by Katie Knoll

Second Place Story:
“Ledgers”
by Claire Boyles

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

Fall Fiction Winners 2015

Judged by Jeff Vandermeer

Winner:
“Linger Longer”
by Vincent Masterson

Second Place Story:
“Pool People”
by Jen Neale

Third Place Story:
“Animalizing”
by Marisela Navarro