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Enter to win! Stories can be up to 2500 words. Entries due November 11, 2022. Guidelines + entry form »
Grand Prize – One-on-one consultation with Ted Sanders, Director of Creative Writing in the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professional headshot for your author’s portfolio. An annual membership to MasterClass for access to online writing courses. Opportunity to read your story, or have an actor read it for you, at the Short Story Awards Ceremony, and have your story published on our website for the community to read.
2nd + 3rd Place – Opportunity to read your story, or have an actor read it for you, at the Short Story Awards Ceremony, and have your story published on our website for the community to read. One-year subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine.
Our 2021 Short Story Contest included entries from community members who participated in the Writer’s Workshops series. The top three stories were read publicly and the awards were announced at a ceremony in November 2021. The judges were Ashanti Files, John Milas, and Molly Thornton. Congratulations to the winners!
• 1st Place Winner – James F. Smith, “A Portrait of Entropy” | Read story »
• 2nd Place Winner – J.L. Barr, “Good Things” | Read story »
• 3rd Place Winner – Louise Audrieth, “An Unkindness of Ravens” | Read story »
First place winner of the 2021 Short Story Contest, James F. Smith.
First place winner of the 2020 Short Story Contest, Andrea Alghalith.
Winners of the 2019 Short Story Contest (from left): Murillo Soranso, second place; Julie Wagner, third place; and Jessica Launius, first place.