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Short Story Writing Contests

As part of the relaunch, we will be offering more extensive information on short story contests, including an expanded Short Story Contest Calendar which we hope will become an indispensable and foremost resource for short fiction writers.

Please see the link below for sample contest listings; this feature will launch early 2007.

More features will be forthcoming.

short story contest calendar

Continuously updated and compiled (but not necessarily endorsed) by, the Short Story Contest Calendar is organized quarterly by contest deadline/"postmarked by" dates and includes links to complete literary competition guidelines.

Sample Contest Listings

Second Quarter 2007 (April - June)

Third Quarter 2007 (July - September)

Fourth Quarter 2007 (October - December)

To report short story writing contests to, email the editor.


One of the best resources for fiction writers is the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. The 2006 edition includes: 1,500 fiction publishing opportunities with contact information, submission guidelines, and editorial needs; 100 pages of instruction and inspiration on the craft and business of writing; and interviews with
Jonathan Lethem, Anne Perry, and more.

For more books related to writing short fiction, please visit the Writing Craft section of the collectedstories bookstore, which is in association with .

Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon was named winner of The Story Prize for 2006 with The Stories of Mary Gordon (Pantheon Books), a collection spanning some 30 years of her writing. The Story Prize annually honors an author of an outstanding collection of short fiction, and Gordon received $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl at an awards ceremony held in New York City on February 28, 2007. Finalists, taking away a $5,000 prize each, were Rick Bass for The Lives of Rocks, (Houghton Mifflin) and George Saunders for In Persuasion Nation (Riverhead). (read more)

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