Ends on September 30, 2018$20.00
$20.00

CRAFT Elements Contest

Setting, Dialogue, and Character

$3,000 awarded


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 though the lens of craft, and selecting winners based on the strength of the story in each of the following 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!


Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction 
  • 7,000 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  • Previously unpublished work only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 be read for each of the three craft categories: Setting, Character, and Dialogue
  • All entries should be submitted without identifying information on the document
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • $20 reading fee per story
  • Contest is open from August 15 until September 30
  • Send us your best fiction. We are interested in stories that explore setting, character, and dialogue.      We want stories that linger with us; stories that have an emotional core; and stories that feel fresh and new.
  • Other questions? Send to contact@craftliterary.com

The authors of the top three stories will receive:

  • $1000 award
  • Publication in CRAFT
  • Opportunity to write a craft essay to accompany the story

Welcome to CRAFT.

Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $0.10/word up to $200 for original work. We are thrilled to be paying for published stories, but will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author. Author's notes will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to any and all writers. International submissions are warmly welcomed.
  • We accept 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. But please, send us only your best.
  • We do accept reprints, however we do not have the funds to pay for these stories.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that writers notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • All submissions in this category must be less than 7,000 words. (For stories less than 1000 words, please send work through our Flash Fiction category.)
  • We accept multiple submissions. Please submit each piece as a separate submission.
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history.
Time for some great stories.

Welcome to CRAFT.

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer a flat rate of $100 for chosen work. We are thrilled to be paying for published stories, but will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of examining what makes great stories work, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author. Author's notes will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Flash Fiction submissions are open to any and all writers. International submissions are warmly welcomed.
  • We accept literary fiction in 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. But please, send us only your best.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please ask that writers notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • We do accept reprints, however we do not have the funds to pay for these stories.
  • All submissions in this category must be less than 1,000 words. (For stories more than 1000 words, please send work through our Short Fiction category.)
  • We accept multiple submissions. Please submit each piece as a separate submission.
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history.

Interested in writing for CRAFT? If you want to submit a book review, interview, or a critical piece on craft, please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. Please have an idea of what we currently publish and make sure your submission aligns with our voice and aesthetic. Thank you!


Book Reviews

We always need book reviews! As a general rule, we prefer reviews on books that are forthcoming or no older than three months. Reviews should be approximately 700-1000 words, include quotes, and references to other works and/or authors within the review. Check out some of our reviews for examples. We only accept completed reviews.


Interviews

We welcome queries and completed interviews. We will want to know if the interview is already approved as well as what elements of craft will be explored. 


CRAFT Talks / Elements / Book Summaries

If you want to contribute to our exploration of CRAFT by sending us work in any of the above categories, please send completed work and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 500 to 1000 words and should consist of a careful examination of an element of craft.

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