Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during October 15, 2017-April 30, 2018. We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction.
Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category). The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many stories and essays as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words.
No restrictions on age or country. When the contest is open, please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.
What to Submit:
Short stories, essays or other works of prose. There are no restrictions on style or theme. Each entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit works that have been published or won prizes elsewhere. (However, please do not submit work that has previously received recognition at Winning Writers.)
Prizes and Publication:
- Fiction Category: $1,500 cash
- Essay Category: $1,500 cash
- Ten Honorable Mention entries will receive $100 cash each (any category).
All entries that win cash prizes will be published on the Winning Writers website and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter (circulation 50,000+). Finalists may also be recognized.
Writers of all nations may enter. However, the works you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation.
Entries are judged anonymously. Please omit your name and all identifying information from your entry. Please also omit any publishing credits from your entry. All the information we need is collected on our online entry form.