Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 19, 2009



Judged by: Yiyun Li

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

The deadline is October 1, 2009. Results will be announced at this website December 1, 2009, and in the Spring 2010 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2010 issue.

Complete Contest Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates 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.

To enter, writers must register their contact and story information online. Then they may either upload an entry to the site and pay by credit card or mail a hard copy and pay by check or money order. Stories uploaded to the site must be in one of the following file formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Word, or Rich Text Format.

Entries must be complete by 11:59 P.M. PDT on October 1, 2009.

Enter here. (The entry process is hosted by our sister site,, which is entirely secure.)Please e-mail us at with further questions.

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