The 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest

29 January 2011

With Guest Judge Jennifer Egan

Enter the 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest for a chance to win $1000 and have your work read at a Selected Shorts performance and recorded for possible broadcast as part of the Selected Shorts acclaimed public radio series.

The winning submission will be selected by Jennifer Egan, a National Book Award finalist and author of such acclaimed works as A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Keep.

Story requirements

  • Submit a single short story that addresses the theme, Restaurants and Bars.
  • Your story must have a title.
  • Your story must be no more than 750 words.
  • Your story must be unpublished.

All submissions must be received by midnight, March 1, 2011, Eastern Standard Time.

Entry Fee
Every submission must include a $25 entry fee. You may pay by credit card or by check made out to Gotham Writers’ Workshop, 555 8th Avenue #1402, New York, NY 10018. 


Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s and Selected Shorts’ email lists – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

Please do not submit duplicate copies. We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. The winner will be selected by Jennifer Egan and notified by early May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the June 8, 2011 Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read and recorded for possible broadcast. (Prize does not include transportation to or from NYC or the event.)

About this year’s guest judge
Jennifer Egan
is a National Book Award finalist and the author of The Invisible Circus, Look at MeThe Keep, as well as a short story collection, Emerald City. Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in June and her short story Safari was selected by Richard Russo for Best American Short Stories 2010, to be published in October.

She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s and Ploughshares, among others, and her journalism appears frequently in the New York Times Magazine.

She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was recently a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.  

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.

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