2019 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize | $2800 Awarded

Submissions are open March 1 to April 30, 2019. Guest judge Elizabeth McCracken will choose three stories from a shortlist of fifteen.  


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Short Fiction Prize submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English 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
  • Previously unpublished work only—we DO NOT review reprints for contests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
  • $20 reading fee per story/entry
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next fall that includes: the winning pieces, with Elizabeth McCracken's introductions and the winners' craft essays; excerpts from the finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
  • 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)



The writers of the top three stories will receive:

  • Winner: $2,000 award and a subscription to Journal of the Month 
  • Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second and third place finalists
  • Publication of the top three stories in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Elizabeth McCracken
  • Publication of an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the story by each of the writers of the top three entries



The fine print:

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

Welcome to CRAFT

Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for original work. We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and 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 essay from the author. This author's note 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 all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the Flash Fiction category)
  • 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 do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • 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 
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Welcome to CRAFT 

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for original work. We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and 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 essay from the author. This author's note 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 all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,0000 words, please choose the Short Fiction category)
  • 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 do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • 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 
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Interested in writing for CRAFT? If you want to submit a book annotation or review, interview, or a critical piece on craft in fiction, please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. Please have an idea of what we currently publish and make sure your submission aligns with our voice and aesthetic. Thank you!


Book Annotations & Reviews

We always need writing about books! Fiction only, please. We lean toward annotations that interrogate the craft elements in a piece, and away from traditional book reviews. We generally prefer reviews on books that are forthcoming or no older than three months. Reviews should be approximately 700 to 1,000 words, focus on craft elements, and include quotes and references to other works and/or authors within the review. Check out our craft archive for examples. We only accept completed reviews.


Interviews

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


Craft Essays / Talks  / Tidbits

If you want to contribute to our exploration of craft by sending us work in any of the above categories, please send completed work concerning the craft of fiction and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 1,000 to 1,500 words and should consist of a careful examination of an element of craft.

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