Exploring the art of prose



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General Submissions

Our general submissions are always open and always free! We pay $200 for short stories and creative nonfiction between 1,000 and 6,000 words, $100 for flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction, and $50–100 for craft essays and interviews. More information and guidelines are to be found on our submissions page.

Editorial Feedback

Are you looking for feedback on a piece of short fiction? Whether you’re applying to workshops, residencies, or MFA programs, or polishing a piece to submit to lit mags or writing contests, or seeking notes for any reason, we are so pleased to offer editorial feedback on flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words. Learn more here.

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The 2021 CRAFT First Chapters Contest, for unpublished first chapters of long-form adult literary fiction, will be awarded in November.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

Past Awards

Please visit our Awards Page for all information about winners of completed contests.