Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 20, 2021

CONTEST: Two Opportunities

31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction $5,000 Poetry 


Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize.


  • Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Standard Entry fee: $25. Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format (normal price $24) and a digital copy of the fifth title in our imprint, TMR Books, Private Lives, a short story anthology by former Editors’ Prize-winners and contributors (normal price $7.95).
  • “All Access” Entry fee: $30. In addition to the one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review and Private Lives, the “All Access” entry fee grants access to the last 10 years of digital issues and the audio recordings of each digital issue.


  • Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.
  • Previous Editors’ Prize finalists are welcome to enter again.


DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

Winners will be announced in early 2022.

Questions? E-mail


Ends on 

 $25.00 USD

The Fiction Collective 2 (FC2) Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open  to writers of, from, or in the US writing in English with at least three  books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines  or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, FC2 authors and employees of FC2, as well as former or current students or close friends of the final judge, are not  eligible to enter.
FC2 remains dedicated to recruiting new and diverse makers of the images of tomorrow and to forging an ever more representative and provocative collective to challenge and overwrite the brutal conventions of our insufficient now. We particularly encourage submissions from writers who dismantle assumed points of view and dominant narratives.

The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the  right not to award a prize.

Finalists for the Doctorow Prize will be chosen by the FC2 Board of  Directors. The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by our final judge, Cristina Rivera Garza. Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s mission to publish fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu, including works of high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles,  subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and  reshape our literary culture. For more information on FC2’s mission,  history, and aesthetic commitments, please visit our About page.

Contest entries will be accepted August 15th through November 1st. All entries must be submitted by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on November 1st, 2021. The winner will be announced in May 2022.

1) Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our electronic submissions manager. Electronic submissions only.

2) The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.

3) Please include a cover letter/biography with your name, contact information, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with ISBN’s and publishers in the space allotted on the submission form.

4) Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.




Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks, Kathy!


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