F(r)iction Contests

Opens: July 5, 2022
Deadline: November 1, 2022
Results: Announced March 18, 2023
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Ken Liu, Brian Evenson, and Faylita Hicks
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, and 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

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote the Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He also penned the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, narrative futures, and the mathematics of origami.

Flash Fiction Judge

$300 Prize

Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell. His Song for the Unraveling of the World won the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award and was a finalist for the Ray Bradbury Prize. He has won an NEA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and Three O. Henry Awards. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts.

Poetry Judge

$300 Prize

Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latinx artivist and writer. They are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and serve as the 2022 Writer-in-Residence for Texas After Violence Project. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Art for Justice, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Civil Rights Corps, The Dots Between, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Lambda Literary, Tin House, and the Right of Return USA. Their work is featured or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Longreads, Poetry Magazine, Slate, Texas Observer, Yale Review, and others. Visit their website at www.FaylitaHicks.com.

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.