Short Story Contests: May (2012)

In Writing on April 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

A great way to keep yourself writing, get some feedback and (we can dream, right?) earn publication and cash rewards is to enter contests. So for quick reference I’ve collected a few short story contests in one place with deadlines coming up next month.

Check them out — click the links for full submission guidelines — and good luck!

American Short(er) Fiction Prize

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 1000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15 (three stories allowed per entry)
  • First prize: $500

Crab Orchard Review Literary Contest

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 6000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $20 (by mail) $22.50 (online)
  • First prize: $2,000

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 3000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15 (additional stories $10 each)
  • First prize: $1,100

Fugue‘s Prose (& Poetry) Contest

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 8000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First prize: $1,000

Sonora Review Flash Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 1000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First prize: $1,000

Southwest Review David Meyerson Fiction Prize

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Guidelines: 8000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $25
  • First prize: $1,000

Empirical Magazine Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Guidelines: 5,000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15-50 (depending on number and date of submissions)
  • First prize: $1,000

SubTerrain Lush 2012 Awards

  • Deadline: May 15
  • Guidelines: 3,000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $25
  • First prize: $3,000

Abandoned Towers 2012 Writing Contest

  • Deadline: May 18
  • Guidelines: 5,000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $10 (or $25 for 3 entries)
  • First prize: $500

New Letters Short Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: May 18
  • Guidelines: 8,000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $15 (additional stories $10 each)
  • First prize: $1,500
  • Deadline: May 30
  • Guidelines: 2,000 words or less
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First prize: $350


If there’s one you know of that I’ve missed, send me the link! There are many more out there, to be sure.

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