Our 2022 Sudden Fiction Contest has closed!

Our 2023 Sudden Fiction Contest will reopen January 5th to March 5th, 2023.

Stories must be 1000 words or fewer, typed, double-spaced, in 12pt font.

Previously unpublished work only.

Simultaneous submissions encouraged. Please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Find out more about our judges here.

The stakes

We offer the top three finalists and honorable mentions publication in our journal and 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

Entries are $5 each.


We accept Venmo payments:

Venmo @berkeleyfictionreview the $5 entry fee with your name and “Sudden Fiction Contest” in the transaction description.

We accept Paypal payments:

Paypal can be made out to berkeleyfictionreview@gmail.com with “Sudden Fiction Contest” in the note.

We accept checks:

please send checks to our mailing address:

Berkeley Fiction Review
c/o ASUC Student Union FMO
432 Eshleman, MC 4500
Berkeley, CA 94720

Please make checks payable to ASUC/Berkeley Fiction Review with Sudden Fiction in the memo line.

In the submission

We only accept electronic submissions sent to berkeleyfictionreview@gmail.com, with  “Sudden Fiction: Name, Title” in the subject line.

Please make sure that you format your email title this way, so that we do not mistake your story for a regular submission.


Stories should be attached to the email as .doc or .pdf. Please do not include any personal information anywhere on the document as we do blind-reads only.


Please keep cover letters brief, and add them to the body of the email.  Include name, address, email address, and the title of your story. Please don’t summarize the story.

Please also include whether or not you have already sent payment for the entry fee. We will not officially review your submission until we have confirmed your payment method.

DISCLAIMER: Prize money winners must provide their SSN in order to process payment. Our finances go through U.C. Berkeley, and in order to pay the winner, they must process their SSN. We will not share this information with anyone, but if you would prefer, you can share it solely with our Publications Adviser at the LEAD Center (U.C. Berkeley staff).

Past Judges

Namwali Serpell
Fiona McFarlane
Anjali Sachdeva
Erin McGraw
K-Ming Chang
Anna Vangala Jones
Ashley Hutson

Berkeley Fiction Review
c/o ASUC Student Union FMO
432 Eshleman, MC 4500
Berkeley, CA 94720

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General / Submissions:

5 thoughts on “Sudden Fiction Contest Submissions

  1. Hi Edward, We accept simultaneous submissions. We only require that your submission is previously unpublished elsewhere. Please do notify us immediately if it’s accepted at another publication.

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