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CRAFT Amelia Gray 2K Contest 2022

2022 CRAFT Amelia Gray 2K Contest

$3,600 Awarded

Thanks to all who sent work to the 2022 Amelia Gray 2K Contest. We’re delighted to publish the winning pieces in April 2023. Congratulations in advance to the winners, finalists, and longlisters!

  • Open September 1 to October 31, 2022.
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers.
  • International submissions are always welcome.
  • Please submit work in English only.
  • Microfiction, flash fiction, or prose poetry ONLY! (Creative nonfiction writers, watch for our 2022 Creative Nonfiction Award to open in November! We will accept both flash and longform essays for that upcoming contest.)
  • 2,000 word count maximum (up to two prose pieces per submission).
  • We review literary work but are open to a variety of genres and styles.
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do NOT review reprints for contests (previously published includes any form of self-publishing, blogs, personal websites, social media, etc.). Reprints will be automatically disqualified.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers, please notify us immediately and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted to be published elsewhere.
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows up to two pieces that total up to 2,000 words—if submitting two pieces, please send them in a SINGLE document.
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each piece (or set of two pieces) as a separate submission accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in CRAFT.
  • Please double-space your submission (yes, even your prose poems) and use Times New Roman 12.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable).
  • We do not require anonymous submissions.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason.
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less Submittable’s fee).
  • Press 53 has generously partnered with CRAFT to offer all entrants a 25% discount on any of their flash fiction and/or prose poetry titles. Code provided once your submission is complete.


The writers of the three winning pieces will each receive:
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Amelia Gray, and an author’s note (short craft essay) to accompany the piece.
Editors’ choices:
  • $200 each and publication to three pieces we just can’t let go.

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.
  • Our collaboration with editorial professionals in the judging and awarding of our contests does not imply an endorsement or recognition from their agencies/houses/presses/universities/etc.
  • Check out our 2021 winners for examples of work we’ve chosen in the past.
  • As we only consider unpublished writing for contests, and will publish the winning pieces in April 2023, anything under contract to publish prior to July 30, 2023, should not be entered.


You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your submission. In the feedback letter, we will provide line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism is always actionable and encouraging. We aim to have feedback completed within six weeks after the final status update of the entry. Work that we critique is not eligible for future CRAFT contests. Learn more about our program here.


AMELIA GRAY is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is a winner of the NYPL Young Lion and of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for a WGA Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. As a screenwriter, she has written for the shows Maniac (Netflix), Mr. Robot (USA), and Gaslit (Starz), as well as the games Telling Lies (Annapurna Interactive) and Immortality (Half Mermaid). She lives in Los Angeles.


Founded in 2006, ROSE METAL PRESS is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of literary work in hybrid genres, including flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.