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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 Stories can be either unpublished or published.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.
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.
“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
Bath Short Story Award
is open to stories up to 2200 words in length. First Prize is £1200 (US$1500) and stories may be in any genre. This year the shortlist judge is literary agent Samuel Hodder from Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. The entry fee is £8. The deadline for entries is 15 April.
Craft Short Fiction Prize
is open to stories up to 5000 words. Three stories will be selected published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from judge Elizabeth McCracken and a craft essay from each author. The author of the prize-winning story will receive US$2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. Entries close on 30 April.
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$2000 and there are 10 minor prizes of $100 each. Entries should be maximum of 6000 words. The entry fee is $20. The closing deadline is 30 April.
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.