2015 Annual Short Fiction Award Winner

Tayler Heuston for "Hostages"

selected by Roxane Gay

Winner receives a prize of $1,250 and limited edition chapbook and e-publication by Kore Press for a single short story written in English.


About the contest


This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality.


How to Submit

2015 deadline is February 14, 2015. Ainner announced in August.

Comment box should include:

  • daytime and evening telephone numbers
  • where you heard about the contest

All entrants will be notified of results via email.

Manuscripts must be:

• submitted as RTF, DOC or PDF.  NO DOCX FILES.

a minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 12,000 words
• double-spaced and paginated
• ANONYMOUS (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript, and please do not include a title page with names).
• original fiction written by the applicant (translations are not eligible)

• unpublished at the time of submission (if the story is accepted elsewhere during our deliberation process, please notify us immediately)

acknowledgments unnecessary.

The Process

Batches of manuscripts are delivered to 5-6 preliminary readers of diverse backgrounds and literary perspectives. Stories selected by these preliminary readers are ranked and then reviewed and ranked again by a second reader. The 10-20 semifinalists are then forwarded to the judge, who chooses 2-3 finalists and a winner.


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2013 winner

To Boil Water

Myha T. Do

Judge: Kate Bernheimer

$11, 5.5 x 8.5", 16 pgs, photograph fixed

to cover, staple binding

Myha T. Do was born in Anaheim, CA, and lives in Davis. She earned her BA in English and Comparative Literature from UCB (2007), her MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College (2009), her MA in English Literature from Mills College (2011), and her PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Davis. Her poem, “The Lie,” was published in the anthology, In Other Words (2006); her short story, “To Boil Water” earned an honorable mention in the 2009 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest; and she received the 2007 Jim Townsend Scholarship for Excellence in Creative Writing. “To Boil Water” is part of her novel manuscript, Earshot.


2012 winner

A Parallel Life

Mary Byrne

Judge: Karen Brennan

$11, 5.5 x 8.5", 32 pgs, color cover on kraft paper, staple binding

Byrne was born in County Louth, Ireland, and currently lives in Montpellier France after long spells in Paris, south of France and Morocco. She has taught at various French universities in Paris and Normandy and is a freelance translator. Her short fiction has been published or broadcast in Europe, North America, Australia. She is anthologized in Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories (Fabers 2007), Queens Noir (Akashic 2008), Best Paris Stories anthology, 2012. She is also the winner of Fiction International short fiction contest 2011.


2011 winner

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw

Patricia Grace King

Judge: Antonya Nelson

$10, 5.5 x 8.5", 32 pgs
hand painted stockings, staple binding


(all chapbooks available for purchase here)

2010 Winner

All Sorts of Hunger

Heather Brittain Bergstrom
Judge: Leslie Marmon Silko

Chapbook, hand bound with twine knot through cover

28 pages, 8.5 x 5.5"

Price: $10


2009 Winner

Frost Heaves

Teresa Stores
Judge: Tayari Jones

Chapbook, hand assembled with blue ink splash on cover

28 pages, 8.5 x 5.5"

Price: $10


2008 Winner

Nick Trail's Thumb

Rena J. Mosteirin
Judge: Lydia Davis

Chapbook, hand assembled with a thumbprint on cover

32 pages, 8.5 x 5.5"

Price: $9


2007 Winner

The Saving Work

Tiphanie Yanique
Judge: Margot Livesey

Chapbook, hand assembled with unique burn mark on cover

20 pages, 8.5 x 5.5"
Price: $8