Exploring the art of fiction




Regular Submissions
Always Open!

Our regular submissions are always open and always free! We pay $.10/word up to $200. Submit flash, short fiction, and craft pieces. More information and guidelines are to be found on our Submissions page.

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

Send us your stories that focus on setting, dialogue, or character. One story in each category will be awarded $1000 and publication; finalists will be identified in each category as well. More information is here.

CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
October 1-November 30, 2018

For fiction under 1000 words. Send us your best flash fiction this fall! $3000 will be awarded. Stories will be selected by CRAFT readers and editors.

CRAFT First Chapter Prize
January 1-February 28, 2019

We want to read the first chapter of your novel! $2800 awarded, with $2000 to the first-place winner, and $500 and $300 to the second and third place finalists, respectively. Winners will receive publication and agency review.

CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
March 1-April 30, 2019

Our Short Fiction Prize is open to fiction under 7,000 words. Three winners will be selected by an outside judge, with $2800 awarded. Winners will receive publication and a written introduction by the judge.

CRAFT Elements Contest: Openings and Endings
May 1-June 30, 2019

Send us your stories that feature phenomenal openings and endings. Two stories in each category will be awarded publication, with $3000 awarded.



CRAFT Short Fiction Prize
Judged by Jim Shepard
March 1-April 30, 2018


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.