James Jones Fellowship 2019

The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 28th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2019. Two runners-up may each receive $1000.

Entrants are asked to supply a two-page outline of their entire novel, plus the first 50 pages of the work.

The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible. To enter this contest, writers must be United States citizens.

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Prairie Schooner Book Prize 2019

Literary magazine Prairie Schooner is currently accepting fiction and poetry manuscripts for its popular annual book prize contest. The winners will each receive US$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories:

  • fiction collections of at least 150 pages comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (novels are not eligible)
  • poetry collections of at least 50 pages

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The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2019

 

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. The winner will receive £30,000 (approximately US$38,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must not have appeared before 1 January 2018.

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The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest 2019

Entries are now open for the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for 2019.

Kenyon Review was founded by John Crowe Ransom in 1939. It prides itself on publishing talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, alongside many distinguished, established writers. Kenyon Review’s short stories have won more O. Henry Awards than any other non-profit journal and it frequently appears on lists ranking America’s best literary magazines.

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A Guide to Short Story Contests 2019 - Image: Typewriter on a Desk

“Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” ― Paolo Bacigalupi

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

The Sunday Times Short Story Award
is the world’s richest short story competition, with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$38,000). The 2018 award attracted over 1100 entries from countries. There is no entry fee. The closing deadline is 15 February.

Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
will be awarded for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words. The first prize winner will receive €1000 (US$1100), a week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy and a consultation with a US literary agent from Foundry Literary. The entry fee is €20. The closing deadline is 14 February has been extended until 28 February.

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