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Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. The winner of this contest will receive publication, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.


Dates for submission: September 1, 2014—December 31, 2014 through Submittable.

Finalists: A shortlist of finalists will be announced by March 1, 2015.

Winner: The winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will be announced on May 3, 2015 (National Press 53 Day) on the Press 53 website, Press 53 blog, via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Award: The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash advance of $1,000, publication of the manuscript in October 2015 under a standard Press 53 book contract, and 10 copies of the completed book with an option to purchase unlimited copies at a discount for as long as the book is in print. The prize also includes travel expenses to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a book launch party and reading on Friday, October 16, 2015, and attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Award includes:

Publication by Press 53 of winning short story collection.

$1000 cash advance.

Travel expenses to Press 53 headquarters for a reading/book launch party at the Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem, NC, on Friday, October 17, 2015.

Attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Reading Fee: $30
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Deadline: December 31, 2014

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Open September 1 – December 31, 2014
Wendy J. Fox
winner of the 
2014 Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
How to submit: Press 53 will take electronic submissions via Submittable, your free, online submissions manager; we will not accept paper submissions.

Reading fee: A reading fee of $30 must be paid for each entry. The reading fee covers the entire manuscript. Reading fees are nonrefundable.

Selection process: Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris will be the only judges of the contest; the contest will be judged solely on the strength of the stories as a collection.

Eligibility: The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers at all levels who live in the United States. Editors who work with Press 53 and authors who have published a book with Press 53 are not eligible to enter.

Manuscript Guidelines:
  1.Manuscripts should be 100 to 250 double-spaced pages in a standard 12-pt. easy-to-read font like Times New Roman or similar. We do not favor one length over the other. We are only concerned with the quality of the stories as a collection.
  2.The award recognizes an outstanding collection of short fiction. Collections may include flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and may include a single novella (est. length of a novella is 50-100 pages). Novels or single novellas alone will not be considered.
  3.Manuscript pages should be numbered.
  4.Include a table of contents.
  5. An Acknowledgments page of previous publications is not necessary. Again, manuscripts will be judged only on the strength of the stories.
  6.Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
  7.Stories previously published in journals, magazines or anthologies, and stories that have won awards, may be (and probably should be) included in the manuscript.
  8.Previously published collections are not eligible, including self-published collections available as ebooks or in print. 
  9.Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration. Each submission will require a separate reading fee.
10.Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher. Withdrawal can be completed via Submittable. Reading fees are not refundable.
11.Confirmation of receipt will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our shortlist and winner will be sent to all entrants via email, and posted on the Press 53 website, blog, Facebook and Twitter on the dates indicated above.
12. Submit your manuscript through Submittable between September 1 and December 31, 2014.

If you have any questions or concerns other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please contact Press 53 fiction editor Christine Norris.