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CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Judged by Robert Lopez
2021: September 1 to October 31

The 2021 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest, for unpublished flash fiction up to 1,000 words, will be awarded in April 2022. Three winners will be selected by guest judge Robert Lopez, with each awarded $1,000. Winners will receive publication and a written introduction by the judge, as well as a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and a micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Kristin Tenor. Editors will also award $200 and publication to three stories they just can’t let go. Learn more here.


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CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award
Judged by Ira Sukrungruang
2021: November 1 to December 30


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CRAFT First Chapters Contest
Judged by Masie Cochran
2021: May 3 to June 30

The 2021 CRAFT First Chapters Contest, for unpublished first chapters of long-form adult literary fiction, will be awarded in November. Three winners will be selected by guest judge Masie Cochran of Tin House, with $2,800 awarded. Winners will receive publication and a written introduction by the judge, and query workshops with Beth Marshea of Ladderbird Literary Agency; the grand-prize winner will receive a manuscript review by The Artful Editor. Learn more here.


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
Judged by Kirstin Valdez Quade
2021: March 1 to May 2

The 2021 CRAFT Short Fiction prize, for unpublished short fiction up to 5,000 words, will be awarded in September. Three winners will be selected by guest judge Kirstin Valdez Quade, with $2,800 awarded. Winners will receive publication and a written introduction by the judge. Learn more here.


CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award
Judged by Joy Castro
2020: November 1 to December 31

Winners
Tammy Delatorre: “The Ties That Bind”
Clare Fielder: “What You Don’t Know”
Liz Harmer: “Catalogue for a Coming of Age”

A full list of the editors’ choice selections, the finalists, the longlist, and our honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Judged by Leesa Cross-Smith
2020: September 1 to November 1

Winners
Puloma Ghosh: “In the Winter”
Ruth LeFaive: “It Will Be All of These Things”
Arshia Simkin: “Everything Is Haram and So Are You; or, What to Do with a Birthday Card”

A full list of the editors’ choice selections, the finalists, the longlist, and our honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Elements Contest: Conflict
2020: June 1 to August 3

Winners
John Haggerty: “Shelter”
Tobey Hiller: “Splinter”
Eliana Ramage: “This Dreary Exile of Our Earthly Home“

A full list of the finalists, the longlist, and our honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
Judged by Alexander Chee
2020: March 1 to April 30

Winners
First Place—Jinwoo Chong: “Ariel”
Second Place—Rachel Pollon: “Yo Te Veo”
Third Place—Elie Piha: “Mule”

A full list of the finalists, the longlist, and our honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Judged by Benjamin Percy
2019: September 1 to October 31

Winners
Carol M. Quinn: “Epilogue”
Steven Simoncic: “Girls’ Weekend”
Hillary Smith: “How to Return Your Child to School”

A full list of the editors’ choice selections, the finalists, the longlist, and our honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT First Chapters Contest
Judged by Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG & FSG Originals
2019: June 1 to July 31

Winners
First Place: Meg Richardson, Paradise Pawn
Second Place: Timothy Hickey, Little Squirrel
Third Place: Jonathan Bohr Heinen, Empire of Dirt

A full list of finalists and honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
Judged by Elizabeth McCracken
2019: March 1 to April 30

Winners

First Place: “Winters,” by Marilyn Hope
Second Place: “Every Bird a Rival,” by Jacqui Reiko Teruya
Third Place: “Assassin, Alchemist,” by Robert Ren

A full list of finalists and honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Elements Contest: Character, Dialogue, Setting
2018: August 15 to September 30

Winners

Character: “So Much Trouble,” by Karin Lin-Greenberg
Dialogue: “Heart Trouble,” by Rex Adams
Setting: “Passing,” by Thaïs Miller

A full list of finalists and honorable mentions can be found here.


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
Judged by Jim Shepard
2018: March 1 to April 30

Finalists

First Place: “Beyond Love,” by James Winter
Second Place: “Mule Brigade,” by Kenan Orhan
Third Place: “Proof You Worked the Land,” by Charlotte Crowe

A full list of finalists and honorable mentions can be found here.