The American Fiction Prize
The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers
This series, whose first six issues were published by Birch Lane
Press/Carol Publishing Group, was called "a must-read collection for all
short-fiction enthusiasts" by Booklist. The series moved to New Rivers
Press in 1997; editors Alan Davis and Michael White chose previously
unpublished stories for inclusion in the first ten volumes. Volumes 11
(2010) and 12 (2012) were edited by Kristen Tsetsi, Bayard Godsave, and
Bruce Pratt. Volume 13--set for publication in 2014--is being edited by
Bruce Pratt. A well-known writer serves as guest judge, chooses three
prizewinners who receive a cash award, and writes the introduction. This
year's judge is Michael White. In 1998, Writer's Digest chose the
series as one of the top fifteen fiction magazines in the United States.
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Entry Fee: $16/story
Previous finalist judges include Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Robert
Boswell, Ray Carver, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Antonya Nelson, Josip
Novakovich, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Wallace Stegner, Anne
Tyler, and Tobias Wolff.
Contest Guidelines: New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty
short stories in each American Fiction volume, subtitled The Best
Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character
driven literary fiction in any genre with a maximum of 10,000 words per
story. Each of the selected story authors will receive national
publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary
copies. $1,750 in prizes will be awarded. ($1,000 for 1st place, $500
for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place). The finalist judge for Volume 13
is Michael White. There is a reading fee of $16 for each online
submission from Feb. 1 through June 15 at the Submittable website.
American Fiction Prize
New Rivers Press
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563
Mailed entries must include a cover page with your name, story title,
mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the
pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced,
and that the title and page number appear on each page. Please include a
self-addressed, stamped envelope and an e-mail address.
We welcome multiple entries ($16/story). For entries outside the U.S.,
please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot
return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any
entrant who includes an SASE and we will e-mail contest updates to
anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights
to their stories.
Please e-mail any questions to:
obdrivewayATaol.com (Change AT to @ )