Short Fiction Prize - $1000 Awarded

THE FIVE SOUTH SHORT FICTION PRIZE






Great stories move us. The Five South Short Fiction Prize - $1000 awarded for one grand prize winner. Two finalists with honorable mention. Pieces will be selected by Kristen Arnett, who will choose one winner and two finalists from a provided shortlist.



ABOUT OUR JUDGE


Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter‘s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction.


She’s a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Bennington Review, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is Mostly Dead Things.



Formatting Notes:

  • 12pt Times New Roman font

Guidelines & Info

  • Your $20 reading fee allows up to 1 short fiction piece per entry.

  • Word Count: No more than 3000 words.

  • We allow multiple submissions – each submission is subject to separate submission fees.

  • Only unpublished work will be considered for this contest – this includes self-published works (digital or print) as well as personal blogs/Medium and other online publishing platforms.

  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please let us know and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing. We are unable to refund withdrawn submissions.

  • All English-language submissions are welcome.

  • All entries are read blind. Please do not include any personal information on your submission.

1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $1000 award

  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Short Fiction Anthology

  • 2 contributor copies of the print Anthology


2 FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE

  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Short Fiction Anthology

Final Notes:

  • All short-listed entries will be considered for the print Short Fiction Anthology and Issue 3 of Five South.

  • All entrants will be added to our fantastic free newsletter. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of every email.





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