Exploring the art of fiction


CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

Judge: Jim Shepard

Welcome to our fiction contest! We are thrilled to have Jim Shepard as the judge for our contest. Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

Three stories will be selected by Jim Shepard from a short list and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author.  Each of the three stories will also be available as downloadable pdfs. The author of the prize-winning story will receive $2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. A short list of finalists will be published online.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction
  • 6,000 word count, maximum
  • International submissions allowed
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us if your story has been accepted elsewhere
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each story must be accompanied by a reading fee
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • $20 reading fee per story
  • Contest closes April 30
  • Send us your best fiction. We are interested in stories that explore craft. We want stories that linger with us; stories that have an emotional core; and stories that feel fresh and new.
  • Other questions? Visit our FAQ page here. You can also email contact@craftliterary.com.

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