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Entries for Boston Review’s 2016 Short Story Contest Are Now Open

Entries for Boston Review’s 2016 Short Story Contest Are Now Open

Boston Review is now accepting entries for the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest 2016.

Founded in 1975, Boston Review is one of America’s most prestigious literature and politics magazines. Past contributors include Saul Bellow, Jhumpa Lahiri and John Updike.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is open to all writers, regardless of citizenship or publication history. The winner of the contest will receive $1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2016 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published.

The 2016 contest will be judged by Jennifer Egan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for A Visit from the Goon Squad.

How to Enter the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is for pieces up to 5000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge.

Boston Review strongly encourages online entries. Contestants also may submit entries via postal mail but will not receive acknowledgement of successful submission. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Email submissions are not accepted. A non-refundable $20 entry fee must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complementary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review.

Online entries can be submitted via Boston Review’s contest entry manager. Alternatively, submissions can be mailed to:
Short Story Contest
Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge MA 02142
United States of America

Entries close on Thursday 1 October 2015. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boston Review’s Contest Page.

Watch judge Jennifer Egan discuss characterisation and the elements that strengthen a work of fiction

Read the 2015 contest’s winning entry, Barbara Hamby’s ‘Dole Girl’

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  1. Fiona Kirton
    27 May 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Tried to submit and message came up that you are not excepting submissions at the moment?

    • Aerogramme Writers' Studio
      29 May 2016 / 9:20 am

      Hi Fiona. This contest closed in October 2015. Thanks.

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