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CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

Submissions are open from March 1 to April 30 each year


  • CRAFT Short Fiction Prize submissions are open to all writers. 
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Fiction only.
  • 5,000 word count maximum.
  • 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. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. 
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do NOT review reprints for contests.
  • 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 a reading fee.
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable.
  • $20 reading fee per story/entry.
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history.
The writers of the top three stories will receive:
  • $2000 award for first prize; $500 and $300 award for the two runners-up, respectively
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by our guest judge
  • The opportunity to write and publish a short craft essay to accompany the story
  • More perks TK… stay tuned!
If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com