F(r)iction Contests

Deadline: April 29, 2021
Results: Announced September 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $2,100 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, and Hannah Grieco
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

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

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Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of seventeen and a half novels, six story collections, a few novellas, and a couple of one-shot comic books. Most recent are The Only Good Indians (Saga) and Night of the Mannequins (Tor.com). Next up is My Heart is a Chainsaw (Saga). Stephen lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.


Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

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Damhnait Monaghan

Damhnait Monaghan was born and grew up in Canada but now lives in the UK. Her writing has won or placed in various competitions and is widely published and anthologised. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions. Her novella in flash The Neverlands (V.Press) won Best Novella in the 2020 Saboteur Awards. Her debut novel New Girl in Little Cove, a fish out of water romantic comedy, can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), Barnes and Noble (US), and most independent bookstores. You can learn more at her website: damhnaitmonaghan.com

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

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Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden is the author of House Is an Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press), and Maleficae (GenPop Books). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Best American Poetry, and journals such as the Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, and the Greensboro Review. She serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly.

Creative Nonfiction Judge

$500 Prize

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Hannah Grieco

Hannah Grieco is a writer and editor in the Washington, DC area. Her debut collection So You Don’t Hear Me is forthcoming (Summer Camp Publishing, 2021), and her essays, articles, and interviews can be read in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and a wide variety of national publications and literary journals. Her writing has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. She is the senior creative nonfiction editor at JMWW, the fiction editor at Porcupine Literary, and the founder and organizer of the monthly reading series ‘Readings on the Pike.’ Find her online at hgrieco.com and on Twitter @writesloud.

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.

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