On the other hand, here’s a contest that is prestigious with a big payout that I recommend looking into. Of course, it’s quite competitive…but someone has to win, right?
12TH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST
Judged by: Elizabeth McCracken
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
The winners and seven finalists will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
The deadline is October 1, 2008. The winners and finalists will be announced at this website December 1, 2008, and in the Spring 2009 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.
Complete Contest Guidelines: We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2008; clearly marked "Short Fiction Contest" on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story (make checks payable to AZX Publications).
Please include name and address on first page or cover letter only.
There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.
We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S.; please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order.
While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address.
Entrants retain all rights to their stories.
Mail entries to:
Attn: Short Fiction Contest
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.