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shining the spotlight on short story collections

Story Collection Contests

Serena McDonald Kennedy Award (novella or short story collection, deadline August 31st 2013)

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
(annual deadline February 28th)

Black River Chapbook Contest  (twice-yearly, May 31st and Oct 31st)

Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Contest  (Dec 31st 2012)

CAL Scribe Fiction prize (Australian citizens over 35)

Calvino Prize  (any fiction including short stories, annual deadline Oct 15)

The Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award (10,000 words, no current deadline)

Diagram Chapbook contest (deadline April 1 2013)

Doire Press Chapbook Contest (Jan 9th 2013, entrants must not have already published a short story collection, email and postal entries)

The Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman  (prose fiction – a collection of short stories or a novel or memoir, deadline Dec 1st in odd-numbered years, 2011, 2013, 2015 etc…)

Drue Heinz  Literature Prize (deadline June 30th 2013)

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition (December 30th 2012)

Fiction Collection Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest
(US Citizens only, short story collection/novel/novella, 10 November 2012)

The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (annual deadline May 31st)

The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (annual deadline march 12th) 

Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook contest (May 15, 2013) 

Hudson prize (unpublished collection of poems or short stories, deadline March 31st 2013)

The Iowa Short Fiction Award (annual deadline Sept 30)

The Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for by an American Woman (Feb 1, 2013)

Juniper Prize for Fiction (Aug 1-Sept 30th annually)

Kore Press Short Fiction Award (women only, Nov 30th annually)

Leapfrog Fiction contest (any novel-length work including story collections, )

The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (US only) (Annual deadline Feb 16)

Noemi Press Chapbook Award ()

Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction (annual deadline – submissions postmarked January)

Prairie Schooner Book Prize (Jan 15 – March 15 2011) 

The Rogers Writers Trust (Canadians only)

Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest (annual deadline Dec 1st)

The Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canadian only)

Scott Prize for Short Stories (UK & Ireland, the USA, or Australia & New Zealand only. Entries accepted annually between Jan 1st-Oct 31st)

The G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction (annual deadline January 15)

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction (US only – May 1 2012)

Stephen F. Austin State University Fiction Series’ Fiction prize (manuscripts including short story collections, deadline July 31st 2012)

Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction (manuscripts including short story collections, deadline Feb 15 2014)

The Story Prize (annual deadline Nov 15th)

Subito Press Contest for Innovative Writing  (manuscripts including short story collections)

The Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction (Sept 1 2011)

The Teacher’s Voice  (literary nonfiction, short stories, and poems that reflect aspects of the American educational or teaching experience, Jan 13 2013)

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Articles & Blog Posts about Short Stories and Short Story Collections

THE LONELY VOICE #13: Walser on Mission Street by Peter Orner in The Rumpus

We Recommend Philip K. Dick Thresholds Short Story Forum March 28th 2011

Is the short story really the novel’s poor relation? Guardian March 25th 2011

Future of Short Story Is Clear, Spanish author says Today’s Zaman, Feb 9 2011

The Story Problem: 10 Thoughts on Academia’s Novel CrisisThe Millions, Jan 18 2011

And our short story prize nominees are… by AS Byatt (Sunday Times, March 2010)


Rose Metal Press Interviews Itself about Short Short Stories (Short Review blog, Nov 2009)

Why Book Publishers Love Short Stories (Alan Rinzler’s Blog, Oct 2009)

Behind the Scenes of the Edge Hill Prize for Short Story Collections (Short Review blog, 2009)

The Lonely Voice: A New Column About the Short Story (The Rumpus, 21st April 2009)

Brevity Pulls: Praise of the American Short Story (New York Times April 4, 2009)

Edge Hill Prize Winner Chris Beckett Talks About his 20-Year Relationship with Interzone Magazine (Short Review blog, Aug 2009)

Christopher Fowler, Author of 11 Short Story Collections, Talks Stories (Short Review blog, Oct 2009)

2 comments on “Story Collection Contests

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