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Entries for Boston Review’s 2018 Short Story Contest Are Now Open

Boston Review is now accepting entries for the 2018 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest.

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 on the Boston Review website. The runners-up stories may also be published.

The 2017 contest will be judged by award-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen.  Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is for pieces up to 5000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished.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. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

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 complimentary copy of Boston Review‘s year-end special literary issue edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz.

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

Entries close on Sunday 1 October 2017.

The winner will be announced in July 2018. For full entry information and conditions visit the Boston Review’s Contest Page.


Read Trumpeteers by Mikayla Ávila Vilá, winner of the 2016 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Watch contest judge and Pulitzer-Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen talking about his novel The Sympathizer

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