Guest Judge: Ben Fountain
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250
The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
Entries must be complete by October 1, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2015 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2015 issue.
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. Please omit all personal information from the manuscript itself (ie, name, address, e-mail address, phone number), as all stories are read blindly.
We welcome multiple entries ($20/story), simultaneous submissions, and entrants from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!