Submit your under-1000-word story to the Berkeley Fiction Review for our annual Sudden Fiction content! First, second, and third place finalists are published in the journal and receive prize money. Honorable mentions are published alongside the placed winners in the journal.

Our 2021 Sudden Fiction Contest will be running from January 5th to March 5th, 2021. Judges will be announced soon!

When submitting to the contest, please keep these guidelines in mind:

The stakes

  • We offer the top three finalists and honorable mentiones 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

  • Entries are $5 each.
  • We accept Venmo payments. Venmo @berkeleyfictionreview the correct amount of money with your name and “Sudden Fiction Contest” in the transaction description.
  • We accept Paypal payments. Paypal can be made out to 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 email

  • We only accept electronic submissions sent to, 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 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.

In the submission

  • 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  • Previously unpublished work only.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

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).

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



General / Submissions:

One thought 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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