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


Kenyon Review’s Short Fiction Contest
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book. To enter writers must provide a story of up to 1200 words. The entry fee is US$24 and includes a one-year subscription to the Kenyon Review. The closing deadline is 31 January.

Masters Review Winter Short Story Award
is for new writers who have not published a novel or collection with a circulation over 5000 copies. First prize is US$3000. publication on The Masters Review site, and review from multiple agencies. The second and third place stories receive $300 and $200, respectively, publication, and agency review. The entry fee is $20. The closing deadline is 31 January. View Post


Applications Now Open for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania is inviting application for its annual Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. The successful applicants will receive a stipend of US$5000 and four month’s lodging at Bucknell’s Poets’ Cottage.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing began in 1993. It aims to provide four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In previous years, the residency alternated between poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). This year Bucknell announced that future residencies would only be awarded to writers of prose.

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The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship 2019

The American Library in Paris is inviting applications for its 2019 fellowship program. The fellowships are open to all English-speakers, regardless of nationality.

The American Library in Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library located in the 7th arrondissement. It was founded in 1920 by the American Library Association using cases of books sent to U.S. soldiers serving in France during World War I. Among the first trustees of the Library was the expatriate American author Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein were both early patrons.

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1. Writer Enamel Pin

Gifts for Writers 2018 - Writer Enamel Pin

$9 – available here

2. The Writer’s Companion Ceramic Vase

Gifts for Writers 2018 -The Writers Companion Ceramic Vase$17.75 – available here

3. Breathmints of Champions

Gifts for Writers 2018 -Breathmints of Champions

$3 – available here

4. Concealed Floating Bookshelf

Gifts-for-Writers-2018- Floating Shelf

$14.99 – available here View Post


The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its seventh annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$11,500) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.

The judges for the 2019 contest are Julian Barnes, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and Tim Hayward, winner of the Restaurant Writing Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018.

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