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John Steinbeck Short Story Award

Please note that Issue 154 is themed:


Send us your fresh and innovative take on it!

  • Submissions open June 1 - November 1
  • $1,000 Prize
  • $20 Entry Fee

Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines—$1,000 for the winning story—the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works of fiction. Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Please limit prose submissions to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page

  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font

  • include word count

  • number pages

  • provide a 50-word bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

The contest reading fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.


Thursday 24 September, 2020
Sunday 1 November, 2020

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