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CRAFT First Chapters Contest
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The 2021 CRAFT First Chapters Contest, for unpublished first chapters of long-form adult literary fiction, will be awarded in November.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.


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CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
September 1 to October 31

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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The 2021 CRAFT Short Fiction prize, for unpublished short fiction up to 5,000 words, will be awarded in September.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

The 2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award, for unpublished creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words, will be awarded in May 2021. Three winners will be selected by guest judge Joy Castro, with $1,000 awarded to each. Winners will receive publication with a written introduction by the judge, and a complete set of Graywolf Press’s The Art Of series. Bonus editors’ choice round, too! Learn more 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”

The Editors’ Choice Round
Madeline Anthes: “Inheritance”
Stephen Aubrey: “Coyote the Younger”
Virginia Reeves: “Old Girl”
Luke Whisnant: “What They Didn’t Teach Us”

A full list of finalists and 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.