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CRAFT Short Fiction Prize 2022

CRAFT Short Fiction Prize 2022

$2800 Awarded

Thank you to all writers who sent short stories to our 2022 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize! We are delighted to publish the winning entries in October 2022. Congratulations in advance to the winners, finalists, longlisters, and honorable mentions!

  • CRAFT Short Fiction Prize submissions are open to all fiction writers.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Short fiction only.
  • Please submit work in English only. We are not currently accepting translations.
  • This contest is for short stories 1,000 to 5,000 words in length.
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do NOT review reprints for contests (previously published includes blogs, personal websites, social media, etc.).
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers, please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each piece as a separate submission accompanied by an entry fee.
  • $20 entry fee per submission.
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font.
  • 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 fees).

  • Winner receives $2,000 award.
  • Runners-up receive $500 award and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists.
  • Publication of the top three stories in CRAFT, each with an introduction by the guest judge.
  • Publication of an author’s note (craft essay) to accompany the story by each of the writers of the top three entries.


  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.

ALAN HEATHCOCK has won a Whiting Award, a National Magazine Award, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. His story collection, VOLT, was a “Best Book of the Year” selection from numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQPublishers WeeklySalon, and the Chicago Tribune, was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His novel, 40, is forthcoming from MCD x FSG on August 2, 2022.