American Short(er) Fiction Prize

17 March 2009

Our new contest highlights great work in shorter fiction–stories of 1,000 words or less, to be exact.

First prize receives $500 and publication.
Second prize receives $250 and publication.

Judged by the editorial staff of American Short Fiction.

Contest is open from February 16 to May 1. Submissions accepted online via the /ASF /Submission Manager.

1. All entries must be unpublished and 1,000 words or less. Please type and double-space.
2. The entry fee is $15, payable through our publisher’s online store Please pay the entry fee before submitting your work through the Submission Manager. When you have paid the entry fee, you will be given access to the Submission Manager to submit your work.
3. You may send up to three shorts per entry, but make sure they are all combined into *ONE *file for uploading. Each individual short may be up to 1,000 words, so the file can contain a maximum of 3,000 words.
4. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $15. (Please refer to the previous guideline.)
5. Entrant’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the uploaded file.
6. Previously published stories and stories forthcoming at other publications cannot be considered. This includes online journals and other websites. Entries may be simultaneous submissions, but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken by another publication.
7. Winners will be announced on June 1, 2009, on the /American Short Fiction/ website.
8. Current employees or others affiliated with Badgerdog Literary Publishing are ineligible for consideration or publication. In addition, writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest.
9. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics.
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