American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction publishes stories online. We also hold two yearly contests, the American Short Fiction Prize, and the American Short(er) Fiction Prize for stories fewer than 1,000 words. All our submission guidelines can be found here.


American Short Fiction's Short Story Contest opened on March 22th. This year we are honored to have Lauren Groff as our guest judge.

General Guidelines

Submit your entry online between March 22, 2017 – June 1, 2017. 

The 1st place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication. One runner-up will receive $500, and all entries will be considered for publication.

Please submit your $20 entry fee and your work through Submittable. We no longer accept submissions by post. International submissions in English are eligible. The entry fee covers one 6,500 word fiction submission

All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself. 

You may submit multiple entries.  We accept only previously unpublished work.  We do allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us promptly of publication elsewhere.  Winners will be announced in September. 

Conflicts of Interest 

Staff and volunteers currently affiliated with American Short Fiction are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, students, former students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible to enter. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

American Short Fiction adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.  You can find the CLMP Code of Ethics and our Contest Procedures here, and do email any questions to

Submission guidelines can be found here.
Submission guidelines can be found here.