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Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest

Guest Judge: Téa Obreht, National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of the novels Inland, which President Obama selected to his Summer 2019 Reading List, and The Tiger's Wife, winner of the Orange Prize and finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent contribution to All-Story, "Items Awaiting Protective Enclosure," was included in the prize anthology Best American Short Stories, 2018.

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Aragi, Inc.; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; Janklow & Nesbit Associates; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

Entries must be complete by October 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2021 edition of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2021 edition.

We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer; and accompanied by a $30 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. Please omit all personal information from the manuscript itself (i.e., name, address, email address, phone number), as all stories are read blindly.

We welcome multiple entries ($30/story), simultaneous submissions, and entrants from outside the United States. We will email contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active email address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Please email us at with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!


Friday 28 August, 2020
Thursday 1 October, 2020
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