Mid-Late April Fiction Writing Contest Deadlines!

 Enter these fiction contests now!

Sixfold Fiction Contest

"All-writer-voted and open to all, Sixfold three-round manuscript voting is the most rigorous, thorough, fair, and transparent editorial selection process available. To create each issue, hundreds of writers vote to select the best fiction and poetry manuscripts with much more discernment than any other editorial. 

For each of 3 rounds, you read, comment, and vote on 6 randomly assigned manuscripts in your genre. Rank-vote your manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th. You must read and vote in each of 3 rounds (total of 18 manuscripts in 36 days) for your own manuscript to remain in each round. Round 1 runs from May 1 to voting deadline of May 12. Round 2 from May 13 to May 24. Round 3 from May 25 to June 5. The highest-voted manuscript in each genre wins $1000."

Deadline: April 23rd
Entry Fee: $5

The New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM chapbook contest

"Interesting, lovely unpublished work (unpublished as a whole; individual pieces may be published already of course), prose or poetry or some combination or something between genres, 18-44 manuscript pages."

$1000 plus publication; finalist chapbooks also considered for publication (in 2015 we published five)

Deadline: April 29th
Entry Fee: $19

Glimmertrain Very Short Fiction

"The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 - 3,000."

  • 1st place wins $2000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $16

The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

"The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. 

This contest is open to any writer of English who is a legal resident of the United States. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. All manuscripts are required to be a minimum of 150 pages and are not to exceed 250 pages. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge."

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $28

REDIVIDER Beacon Street Prize

$1,000 prize for fiction judged by Alexandra Kleeman


  • Length Restrictions: 8,000 words max for fiction
  • More about Submissions: Entrants may submit as many times as they please, to as many categories as they please, with the fee dropping to $10 for each subsequent submission.
  • Manuscript Specifications: Fiction and nonfiction writers should include one short story or essay per file per submission; poets should compile up to three poems into a single file for each submission. Submissions must not contain the author’s name or any other identifying information. All entries must go through our online submission manager.
  • Eligibility: All are eligible except current and former Emerson College students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, our judges’ students, or those with a personal connection to any one judge, are asked not to submit to that judge’s category.

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $20


Dead Bison Editors' Prize in Fiction

"Submit up to 25 pages of fiction. We're interested in both single stories and combinations of shorter pieces. That said, we'll be judging the submission as a whole; multiple short-shorts must work together for the purpose of a singular effect, and won't be judged one an individual basis.

Please only submit original unpublished pieces. We will not consider previously published works.

There are no criteria beyond the page limit; send us your best, as always, whether it's a nurse romance or a piercing exploration of American malaise. You'd be surprised how often we might prefer the former to the latter.

Please include your contact info and a short bio in the cover letter field, but don't include any identifying information in the manuscript itself, as the contest is judged blindly. Arcadia is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, and adheres to the CLMP's Contest Code of Ethics. See our main contest page for more info on the Code of Ethics and how we adhere to it."

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $15

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Submit stories and essays on any theme, up to 6,000 words each. The winning story and essay will each receive $1,500. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Arthur Powers, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Please omit your name from all entries (except books). We prefer 12-point type or larger. Please avoid fancy, hard-to-read fonts. Double-spacing is recommended for prose.

Writers of all ages and nations may enter. The works you submit should be in English. Your privacy is assured. We will not rent your information to third parties.

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $18

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

"Twice each year TGS will award $1,000 and publication in The Ghost Story to the winner of our short story competition. A second writer will receive an Honorable Mention that includes publication and a $250 cash award, and a third writer will win Second Honorable Mention, which comes with publication and a $100 cash award. The winning stories will be published on Midsummer’s Eve and October 31. 

GUIDELINES: Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme. What we’re looking for is fine writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises in the field of supernatural fiction. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words. Please be assured that we will read and carefully evaluate ALL submissions to The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award."

Deadline: April 30th
Entry Fee: $20