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January Short Story Contests and Awards

Short Story Contest Deadlines


Is one of your New Year's resolutions to send out more work to short story contests and awards? The list of short story contests, awards, residencies, and fellowships below will help you get off to a good start. For more specific information on each contest, click through to the site. Information is also available on this site on how to publish your short stories and how to know if you're ready to publish.

To submit the names of contests and awards for the month that I may have missed, please email me at fictionwriting@aboutguide.com. To move on to February contests, click here. Or read about our criteria for judging whether it's a legitimate contest or a writing scam.

  • Glimmer Train Press Fiction Open -- January 2
    A prize of $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given biannually for a short story. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. Submit a story of up to 20,000 words online. $20.00 entry fee.

  • The Per Contra Prize -- January 8
    $1,000 Grand Prize and publication in Per Contra for a story between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Winner will be announced in the March issue of Per Contra. Find complete guidelines and rules online. $10 entry fee.

  • Central Coast Writers Branch 2009 Writing Contest -- January 15
    $500 and publication (print and on-line) in the Homestead Review, published by Hartnell College in Salinas, CA. Submit to CCW Contest, P.O. Box 51805, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. $15/short story and $5/poem.

  • BkMk Press Ciardi/Chandra Prizes -- January 15
    Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for book-length collections. Submit a manuscript of short stories of 150 to 300 pages to BkMk Press, Ciardi/Chandra Prizes, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110-2499. (816) 235-2558. $25.00 entry fee includes copy of winning book.

  • Crazyhorse Fiction Prize -- January 15
    Crazyhorse literary magazine offers a yearly prize award of $2,000 and publication for a story of up to twenty-five pages. Submit online or send entries to: Crazyhorse, Poetry and Fiction Prizes, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424. $16.00 entry fee includes subscription.

  • Dobie Paisano Fellowships -- January 15
    A six-month residency with a $3,000/month stipend and a four-month residency with a $5,000/month stipend at a retreat west of Austin is given annually to a writer who is a native Texan, who has lived in Texas for at least three years, or who has written about Texas in his or her published work. Submit three copies of a manuscript no more than 50 pages in length to Dobie Paisano Project, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, #1 University Avenue, Mail Stop G0400, Austin, Texas 78712. $20.00 entry fee.

  • Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers -- January 15
    A prize of $1,000 is given annually to recognize excellence in fiction writing by a student of African descent enrolled full time in a U.S. college or graduate school. Students who have published a book in any genre are not eligible. Submit two copies of an unpublished short story or novel excerpt of no more than 25 pages to The Hurston/Wright Awards, 12138 Central Avenue, Suite 209, Bowie, MD 20721. $10 entry fee.

  • Jentel Artist Residency Program Summer/Fall Residency -- January 15
    The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Each artist and writer is offered a private accommodation, a work space, and a stipend. Download an application from their site, or write to: Admissions, Jentel Artist Residency Program, 130 Lower Piney Creek Road, Banner, WY 82832. $20.00 application fee.

  • Literal Latté K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards -- January 15
    First Prize $500 for an unpublished story, 6,000 words max. Submit to Literal Latté Awards, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. $10 reading fee.

  • The MacDowell Colony, Summer Period -- January 15
    A two-page application form, a work sample, a project description, and one reference are needed to apply. For further information, please contact: The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, 603-924-3886, admissions@macdowellcolony.org. Note that January 15 is the date by which they must receive the application, but writers have the option of applying online. $20.00 application fee.

  • Marin Arts Council Career Grants -- January 15
    GRANTS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED; SEEKING REPLACEMENT FUNDING. Career grants are designed to enable Marin artists to pursue opportunities which further their careers (see their site for examples). Maximum amount $1,500. Applications available online.

  • Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Grants -- January 15
    The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts annually awards grants of $5,000 each to writers and visual artists who live in the central and western counties of New York State for buying materials, preparing works for exhibit, or taking time to create new work. Grant guidelines and application form are available at the foundation's site.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award -- January 15
    A prize of $5,000 is given annually to honor a first novel published in the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Richmond with his or her editor, agent, or publicist to participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Forum, which is designed to highlight the journey a new writer assumes in his or her quest to contribute to the literary world. Publishers and authors submit three copies of novels published in previous year to Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabell First Novelist Award, Department of English, 900 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284-2005. No entry fee.

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