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Short Story Contest Calendar
First Quarter 2006

January, February, March

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Carve Magazine
Raymond Carver Short Story Award
Carve, an online fiction magazine, decreased the first prize for their short story contest by $500 this year, after having upped it by the same amount last year: $2,000 will be awarded for first place and $1,000 to second place, with a $500 third place prize and $100 going to all finalists. Bill Henderson, editor of the Pushcart Press will judge. Submit unpublished fiction (electronic method preferred) with a word count up to 8,500 words. Winning entries and all finalists will be published online in Carve and the top three winners will also be published in the print anthology, The Best of Carve Magazine, Volume 7.
Entry fee $15. See link for guidelines.

Glimmer Train
Fiction Open
Literal Latté
Fiction Award
This twice yearly award allows for stories of any theme and up to 20,000 words to compete for a first prize of $2,000, plus publication. Second and third prize awards are nice too at $1,000 and $600, respectively. Smooth online submission procedure.
Entry fee $15. See link for guidelines.

Submit unpublished stories up to 6,000 words to vie for a $1,000 award, plus online publication.
Entry fee $10; $15 for two stories. See link for guidelines.

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South Carolina Arts Commission
South Carolina Fiction Project
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This annual writing competition, open only to residents of the state of South Carolina, sponsored by The Post and Courier and the South Carolina Arts Commission, calls for previously unpublished short stories of 2,500 words or less. The stories do not need to be Southern, nor do they need to be set in South Carolina. Up to 12 short stories will be selected for publication; each writer whose work is selected will receive $500 from The Post and Courier, which purchases first publication rights. Stories will also be published electronically on both The Post and Courier’s website and the Arts Commission’s web site.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

BkMk Press
The G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction
This prize is for a collection of short fiction and awards $1,000 and publication by BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. If you have it together, send it off for a chance at seeing your work hit the shelves. Short fiction collections should be 150 pages minimum, 300 maximum, double-spaced.
Entry fee $25. See link for guidelines.

The Cleveland Foundation
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Glimmer Train
Very Short Fiction Award
Now in its 71st year, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize published works addressing issues of racism and diversity. Awards are given for both fiction and nonfiction with recipients traditionally receiving a monetary gift of $10,000 from the Anisfield-Wolf Fund. Winners for 2005 included The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat. Short story collections written in English and published in the preceding calendar year are eligible to compete. Either author or publisher may submit the five copies required for entry. Rita Dove and Joyce Carol Oates are among this year's jurors.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

Short fiction at 2,000 words or less qualifies as very short for this contest. The prize is $1,200, plus publication. Yet another from Glimmer Train that makes it all so easy with a neat online submission portal.
Entry fee $10. See link for guidelines.

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18th Annual Short Grain Contest
The Iowa Review
The Iowa Review Award, Fiction
Grain is a program of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and one of Canada’s longest running literary magazines. The "Postcard Story" category of the Short Grain contest allows for narrative fiction entries in 500 words or less. The category's winning prize is $500, along with publication. Small placing prizes also awarded.
Entry fee $30 (up from $28 last year) for two entries, includes a one-year subscription. See link for guidelines.

James Alan McPherson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his short story collection Elbow Room, is to judge this year's contest from The Iowa Review. McPherson, by the way, holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and is currently a Professor of English there. The award is $1,000, plus publication. Submit up to 25 pages of prose previously unpublished. Electronic submissions not accepted.
Entry fee $15. See link for guidelines.

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The Ohio State University Press
The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction
PRISM International
20th Annual Short Fiction Contest
Sponsored by The Ohio State University Press and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University, this annual award is given to a manuscript collection of short fiction selected by an independent judge to be the best submitted. The winning author receives a cash prize of $1,500 and publication under a standard book contract. Submissions must be in English between 40,000 to 80,000 words and may include short stories, novellas, or a combination of both.
Entry fee $20. See link for guidelines.

PRISM is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia and is affiliated with the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. A grand prize of $2,000 will be awarded, along with publication and additional payment of $20 per printed page. Three runner-ups will be awarded $200 each. Entries must be no longer than 25 pages.
Entry fee $27 (up from $25 last year), includes a one-year subscription. See link for guidelines.

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Starcherone Books
2006-07 Starcherone Fiction Prize
University of East Anglia
The Charles Pick Fellowship
Starcherone Books (think "start yer own," as did Theodore Pelton when he founded this press) awards $1,000 and publication annually to either a short story collection, novel, or indeterminate prose. Carole Maso, author of nine books, including Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire, will judge. Submit work up to 400 pages.
Entry fee $30. See link for guidelines.

This fellowship is dedicated to the memory of the distinguished publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, with the purpose of supporting the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writer of fictional or non-fictional prose. The Fellowship is for six months beginning in September and is residential at the School of Literature and Creative Writing of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom with free accommodation. It is also accompanied with an award of £10,000. Submit an original unpublished piece of fiction or non-fiction of not more than 2,500 words, along with a letter of reference from an editor, agent or accredited teacher of creative writing for consideration.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.


Fishtrap, Inc.
Summer Fellowships
Fishtrap, Inc. annually awards up to five fellowships for the week-long Summer Fishtrap workshop. Fellowships cover the cost of a workshop, registration for the Gathering, and food and lodging. To apply, send a writing sample of published or unpublished work, 2,500 words maximum. All genres welcome.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

Sarabande Books
The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
The Southeast Review
World's Best Short Short Story Contest
The Mary McCarthy Prize is for a collection of short fiction (150 to 250 pages) or a novella/ short novel. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication, and a standard royalty contract. US citizens only.
Entry fee $25. See link for guidelines.

The Southeast Review is a semi-annual literary magazine of Department of English at Florida State University where Robert Olen Butler, who most recently penned Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards, is on faculty and will judge. The prize isn't that big at $500, but with the "World's Best" moniker, it's at least a boast for the winner, who, in addition to the money, will receive publication and an expense paid trip to Tallahassee to give a reading. Nine finalists will also be published.
Entry fee $10 for up to three short-short entries (500 words max). See link for guidelines.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction
Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA)
New Writers Award, Fiction Category
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, a nonprofit organization of writers, teachers, colleges, and universities, sponsors this annual competition for the publication of book-length works. The winner in short fiction will receive a $4,000 cash honorarium (doubled from last year's award), along with publication by a participating press, which this year is the University of Massachusetts Press. Nancy Reisman, whose first book House Fires was published as a recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, will judge. Submit 150 to 300 manuscript pages to compete.
Entry fee $20 nonmembers or $10 AWP members.

See link for guidelines.

The GLCA is a group of 12 independent mid-western colleges who cite a published volume of fiction (novel or short story collection) as the best first work by an author from among those submitted by publishers. Winner tours several of the member colleges, reading, lecturing, and participating in various activities to promote their books. An honorarium of at least $300 is guaranteed by each of the colleges visited. As well, the GLCA colleges furnish accommodations and hospitality and share expenses of transportation for the winner. Works entered must be in English and published in the USA or Canada. Publishers are limited to one entry for the fiction category and must submit four copies of galleys or printed books.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

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Summer Literary Seminars and The Walrus
2006 Fiction Contest
This year, Summer Literary Seminars offers this contest in conjunction with The Walrus Magazine, a relatively new Canadian publication. Celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood will serve as fiction judge. Short stories may be entered in the prose category with the winning author receiving publication in The Walrus, as well as airfare, accommodations, and a full tuition waiver to the 2006 Summer Literary Seminars program in St. Petersburg, Russia which will take place in June and July, where Atwood will be in-residence faculty. Other finalists will receive full or partial tuition scholarships to the seminar. Submit unpublished stories, up to 25 pages.
Entry fee $10. See link for guidelines.

MARCH 2006

Binghamton University
John Gardner Fiction Book Award
Writers @ Work
Fellowship Competition, Fiction
Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University - State University of New York, this contest awards $1,000 for a novel or collection of fiction published in 2005. Minimum print run for consideration must have been 500 copies. Publishers submit three copies.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

This annual fellowship competition offers a first prize of $1,500, publication in Quarterly West, a featured reading at the 2006 Writers @ Work June conference in Salt Lake City, tuition for a free afternoon session package at the conference, a manuscript consultation during the conference with a visiting publishers or agents, and free housing. Judging fiction is Steve Almond, author of the short story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories. Submit stories up to 5,000 words. Unpublished work from any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume in the genre of the submission will be considered.
Entry fee $15. See link for guidelines.

Fish Publishing
2006 One Page Short Story Prize
The GSU Review
2006 Writing Contest
Ireland's Fish Publishing awards €1,000 for short shorts, along with publication in the Fish 2006 Anthology . Nine runners-up will also be selected for the anthology and €100. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, provided the story entry is in English, unpublished, and no more than 250 words.
Entry fee €12, or $15 US (online or postal). See link for guidelines.

Georgia State University's literary journal welcomes short stories under 7,500 words for the Fiction Prize of this contest and will award $1,000 to the winner and $250 second place. Finalists also receive publication.
Entry fee $15, includes a copy of the Spring issue, which will contain the winning entries. See link for guidelines.

Bellingham Review
Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction
River City/ Hohenberg Foundation
Fiction Award
This award from the Bellingham Review out of Western Washington University is open to prose entries of up to 8,000 words in length. First prize is $1,000 with publication.
Entry fee $15, includes subscription for two issues. See link for guidelines.

River City is a journal out of the University of Memphis. The prize here is $1,500 (down $500 from last year), along with publication. Small monetary second and third prizes are also awarded. John Dufresne, author of Johnny Too Bad: Stories, will judge. Submit stories under 7,500 words.
Entry fee $20 (almost doubled from last year), includes subscription. See link for guidelines.

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University of Nebraska Press
Prairie Schooner Prize Series

This annual book series competition publishes one book of short fiction (and one book of poetry) through the University of Nebraska Press (UNP) under their standard contract. Winning authors will receive $3,000 (including a $500 advance from UNP). Additionally, a $1,000 prize will be awarded to a runner-up. All writers, including non-US citizens writing in English, are welcome. Submit manuscripts of at least 150 pages.
Entry fee $25. See link for guidelines.

Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Awards

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Moleskine Journals
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The Nelson Algren Awards for short fiction annually award a a winning prize of $5,000 and three runner-up prizes of $1,500.Submissions must be written by an American, unpublished, and between 2,500 and 10,000 words. Winning and finalist stories will be published in the Chicago Tribune (and archival derivatives) and posted on the Chicago Tribune's internal site.
No entry fee. See link for guidelines.

Colorado Review
Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
The Colorado Review of Colorado State University introduced this prize two years ago in memory of a former English department alumni, Liza Nelligan. The winner receives a $1,000 and publication. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no length or theme restrictions.
Entry fee $10. See link for guidelines.

Glimmer Train
Short-Story Award for New Writers
Gulf Coast
Short Story Prize
Another biannual award from Glimmer Train Press, this contest is for writers whose fiction has not appeared in any publication (printed or online) with a circulation over 5,000. The award is a first place prize of $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the publication issue. Stories up to 12,000 words are acceptable for entry. Online submission process.
Entry fee $12. See link for guidelines.
Antonya Nelson, recipient of the 2003 Rea Award for the Short Story, will judge stories for this $1,000 prize. Winner also receives publication in Gulf Coast, which is affiliated with the Department of English at the University of Houston. Submit previously unpublished stories up to 25 pages.
Entry fee $15, includes a one-year subscription. See link for guidelines.

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