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CRAFT Short Fiction Prize 2020


2020 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

Guest Judge: Alexander Chee


Thank you to all writers who entered stories in the contest! We can’t wait to share results with the world this summer.


Our plan:

All writers will be contacted by July 15 at the latest.

We want to give your piece back to you as quickly as possible if it is not advancing; by the middle of May we will start to release pieces. We hope to have a longlist decided by early July. We hope to send the shortlist of finalists to Alexander Chee by July 15, with decisions made and winners announced by mid-August. The three winning stories will publish in September, and all work will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.

Entrants whose pieces are advancing will be contacted at each stage.



photo by M. Sharkey

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels EdinburghThe Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical NovelHis essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Harpers, Vulture, and Best American Essays 2016 and 2019, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose, the AAWW Lit Award, the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Nonfiction Award, and a Lambda Literary Trustees Award. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR, and teaches as an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.