F(r)iction Literary Contests

Winter 2019 Contest is Now Open

Guest Judges Kelli Russell Agodon, Tara Isabell Zambrano, and Marisa Crane

$1,600 in Prizes — Deadline December 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F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry.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

Marisa Crane is a queer, non-binary writer whose work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, Wigleaf Top 50 and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Our Debatable Bodies (Animal Heart Press, 2019), and she serves as a prose reader for The Adroit Journal. Originally from Allentown, PA, she currently lives in San Diego with her wife.

Recently, “When the Light Betrays Us Twice” was published in Cotton Xenomorph.

Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

Tara Isabel Zambrano moved from India to the United States two decades ago. She works as a semiconductor chip designer. When she’s not debugging simulations or faulty circuits in the lab, she’s either reading books, writing stories, or staring at others—not necessarily in that order.

Recently, Tara served as Assistant Flash Fiction Editor at www.newfound.org. In the past, she has served as a hospice volunteer. She also holds an instrument rating for single engine aircraft.

Her work has won first prize in The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Contest 2019, been a finalist in the Bat City Review 2018 Short Prose Contest and the Mid-American Review Fineline 2018 Contest, and been selected to be published in The Best Micro Fiction 2019 Anthology. Her stories have been nominated for The Best of the Net, The Best of Small Fictions and The Pushcart.

Tara lives in Texas with her husband and two kids.

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. She’s the author of six books—most recently, Hourglass Museum & The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Kelli is the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast as well as the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press, where she works as an editor and book cover designer. Her next collection of poems will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2021. Visit her on the web at www.agodon.com and follow her on Twitter @kelliagodon.

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 rarely come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.