F(r)iction Contests

Deadline: April 28, 2022
Results: Announced September 18, 2022
Prizes: Win $2,100 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Madeline Miller, Amal El-Mohtar, Alycia Pirmohamed, and Paul Crenshaw
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, and 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

Credit: Nina Subin

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller is also the author of Circe, which was the winner of the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award, and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award. Circe also received The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award, the 2018 Elle Big Book Award, was short-listed for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. She lives outside Philadelphia.

Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning author of fiction, poetry, and criticism. She is the science fiction and fantasy columnist for the New York Times Book Review and the co-author, with Max Gladstone, of This Is How You Lose the Time War, a novella which has received several honors including the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, and Locus Awards. She lives in Ottawa with her spouse and two cats. Find her online at amalelmohtar.com.

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

Alycia Pirmohamed

Alycia Pirmohamed is the author of the chapbooks Hinge (ignitionpress), Faces that Fled the Wind (BOAAT Press), and Second Memory (Guillemot Press and Baseline Press), a collaborative essay co-authored with Pratyusha. Alycia’s debut collection, Another Way to Split Water, is forthcoming with YesYes Books and Polygon Books in 2022. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Programme. Alycia studied creative writing at the University of Oregon and the University of Edinburgh.

Creative Nonfiction Judge

$500 Prize

Paul Crenshaw

Paul Crenshaw is the author of the essay collections This One Will Hurt You, published by The Ohio State University Press, and This We’ll Defend, from the University of North Carolina Press. Other work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Pushcart Prize, Oxford American, Glimmer Train, and Tin House. Follow him on Twitter @PaulCrenstorm.


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.