Open only to new writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.
The Short Story Award for New Writers contest is held three times a year and is open to submissions in January/February, May/June, and September/October, with the following deadlines:
February 29 | June 30 | October 31
NOTE: All contest deadlines have a one-week grace period.
$18 per submission
1st place: $2,500 | publication in Glimmer Train Stories | 10 copies
2nd place: $500*
3rd place: $300*
*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue
ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Winners will be contacted directly one week prior to public announcement in our bulletins:
January/February contest announces May 1.
May/June contest announces September 1.
September/October contest announces January 1.
1st-place: Courtney Knowlton for “Mean Blonde Ponytail Girl”
2nd-place: Alexandra B. Chang for “Tomb Sweeping Day”
3rd-place: Amanda S. Torres for “Fortuna”
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