Our annual Sudden Fiction Contest is now open for 2021! As always, submissions must be previously unpublished, 1000 words or less, and simultaneous submissions are encouraged.

The stakes

We offer the top three finalists and honorable mentions the chance to be published in our journal and receive prize money.

First place wins $150, second place wins $100, and third place wins $50. Honorable mentions are given the standard $25 offer given to all our authors.

Entering the contest

We only accept electronic submissions by email and entries are $5 each. More details on submitting to the contest can be found at our guidelines here.

Our judges

Courtesy of K-Ming Chang

K-Ming Chang / 張欣明 is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the debut novel Bestiary (One World/Random House), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her short story collection, Resident Aliens, is forthcoming from One World. She is currently the Micro editor at The Offing magazine.

Courtesy of Ashley Hutson

Ashley Hutson’s writing has appeared in Granta, Electric Literature, Wigleaf, Catapult, Fanzine, and other places. Her debut novel, One’s Company, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. She lives in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Courtesy of Anna Vangala Jones

Anna Vangala Jones is a writer and editor. Her debut short story collection, Turmeric & Sugar, is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing in 2021. Her fiction has appeared or will soon in Wigleaf, Catapult, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Hobart, among others. Find her online at annavangalajones.com and on twitter @anniejo_17.

Send us your best, weirdest, and the ones close to your heart. We look forward to reading your works.

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