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.