The 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020

The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope, will award $3,000 for the best story and $3,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on the Winning Writers home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30.

Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest), and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is recommended by Reedsy.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $8,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from most countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

How to enter:

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