Exploring the art of fiction


CRAFT Elements Contest


Thank you to everyone who submitted! Finalists and honorable mentions will be announced in December, with the winning stories publishing in January and February.

What makes your fiction stand out?

When we read stories, we often note their strength in a certain element of craft. Perhaps the setting—a place the reader has never been or is very familiar with—is perfectly rendered. Perhaps the dialogue brings the characters to life but also reveals subtext. Perhaps a character is drawn so well that the reader cannot forget the character, even weeks after reading the story.

For this contest, we will be reading the stories through the lens of craft, and selecting winners based on the strength of the story in each of the following three craft categories: Setting, Dialogue, and Character. One story will be awarded in each category, and each of the three authors will receive $1000 and publication. Finalists will also be noted in each category.

So send us that story that really shines in one (or all!) of these categories. We can’t wait to read your fiction!