F(r)iction Contests

F(r)iction’s Fall 2020 Contests are closed. Our Spring 2021 Contests will open in January.

Deadline: October 30, 2020
Results: Announced March 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Lev Grossman, Benjamin Woodard, and Rachel Mennies
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry

For full Submission Guidelines, please read the information on our Submittable page carefully. And please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

An insider tip for you all: We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We like strong narratives that make us feel something and stories we haven’t seen before. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions.

We also strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to our contests to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop.

Short Story Judge

$1,000 Prize

Lev Grossman headshot
Photo: Mathieu Bourgois

Lev Grossman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, which was adapted for television by the Syfy network, and The Silver Arrow, which will be published in September 2020. Grossman is also a screenwriter—his film The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is forthcoming on Amazon Prime—and an award-winning journalist who spent fifteen years as the book critic for Time magazine. His essays and criticism have also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Believer, Slate, Salon and many other publications. He lives in New York with his wife and three children. 

Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

Ben Woodard headshot
Photo: Benjamin Woodard

Benjamin Woodard holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His fiction has appeared in SmokeLong QuarterlyCRAFTMonkeybicycle, Atticus ReviewNew SouthBending Genres, Cheap Pop, and other journals. He is Editor-in-Chief at Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine and frequently contributes literary criticism to Publishers WeeklyKenyon Review OnlineWords Without Borders, and other venues. He teaches English at a handful of colleges and universities, is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and was nominated for Best Small Fictions in 2018. His writing has been anthologized in Best Microfiction 2019 and Miscellany: Essays by Young(ish) American Voices.

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

Rachel Mennies headshot
Photo: Mary Hartman

Rachel Mennies is the author of  The Naomi Letters, forthcoming in 2021 from BOA Editions, and The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, the 2014 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Her poetry has recently appeared at  The Believer, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago and serves as  AGNI‘s reviews editor. 

Please note: We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read the options and choose your submission category carefully. For poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

F(r)iction reserves the right to not award a winner in any categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has rarely come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.