This contest is international and open to people of all ages.
Residents of the following countries are not eligible to enter: Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, or Belarus (due to US government restrictions).
For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Final judge: Mina Manchester, assisted by Sarah Halper. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, or Belarus (due to US government restrictions). Fee: $22 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 31st contest.
First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you. See also our short entry checklist, then click the button below to submit. The results of our 32nd contest will be announced on October 15, 2024.
$22 per entry
• Story: First Prize, $3,500
• Essay: First Prize, $3,500
• 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $300 each (any category)