F(r)iction Literary Contests

Summer 2019 Contest is Now Open

Guest Judges Melanie Finn, Kay Ulanday Barrett and Kim Chinquee

$1,600 in Prizes — Deadline extended to August 15!

F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. We accept submissions from writers located anywhere in the world, as long as the work is in English.

Our editorial staff favors stories that celebrate the weird, take risks, and are driven by a strong, unique voice. To best understand our style, we strongly recommend buying an issue of F(r)iction at the F(r)iction Shop.

Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. We encourage writers to submit as many pieces as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our triannual print journal.

Short Story Judge

$1,000 Prize
Photograph by Libby March

Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. She’s lived and worked in six different countries as a freelance journalist and screenwriter. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You, was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, wildlife filmmaker Matt Aeberhard, moved to remote Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s haunting flamingo epic, Crimson Wing. During filming, Melanie became medic to the local Masai community and established the Natron Healthcare Project. Her second novel, The Gloaming, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. The Underneath is set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she now lives with Matt, their twin daughters, and a large number of animals. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh Baby, Pretty, Pistol, Veer, Shot Girls, Wetsuit, and another forthcoming with Ravenna Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including NOON, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Nation, Ploughshares, Notre Dame Review, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and others. She is Chief Editor of Elm Leaves Journal, Senior Editor of New World Writing, associate professor and co-director of the Writing Major at SUNY-Buffalo State, and she was recently elected as AWP Northeast Regional Chair and as a member of the AWP Board of Directors. She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and served in the medical field in the Air Force; she is a mom, a triathlete, a hiker, and mountain biker. She lives in Glenwood, NY, with her partner and their four dogs. Find her on the web at www.kimchinquee.com and on Twitter and Instagram @kimchinquee.

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

Kay Ulanday Barrett, aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. Kay was featured in “9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know” in VOGUE Magazine, 2018. K. has featured globally: The Lincoln Center, Princeton University, Res Artis, UC Berkeley, The Chicago Historical Society, Tucson Poetry Festival, NY Poetry Festival, Musee Pour Rire, and The National Queer Arts Festival. They are a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and have received fellowships from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, NYLON, The Deaf Poets Society, Buzzfeed, Them., and Bitch Magazine, among others. Recent publications include contributions in the anthologies Subject To Change (Sibling Rivalry Press), Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books), The Papercuts Anthology (Cutlass Press), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-genre Press). Their first book, When The Chant Comes was published by Topside Press in 2016. Their second collection, More Than Organs, will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press, Spring 2020. Find them on the web at www.kaybarrett.net.

Creative Nonfiction Judge


The Creative Nonfiction contest is currently closed. Please check back next spring.

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 never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.