The Short Story America Prize (First Prize: $500)  
     
  The 2018 Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction is now open for submissions. Criteria: Good short stories, regardless of genre. Entries will be accepted from now throughDecember 15th, 2018.

PRIZES: FIRST PRIZE: $500 and publication by Short Story America. RUNNER-UP: $250 and publication by Short Story America. THIRD PRIZE: $125 and publication by Short Story America. SEVEN MORE FINALISTS: $50 each, and consideration for publication by Short Story America. The reading fee is just fifteen dollars per submission, to help cover expenses for reading and communication about the short stories being considered, and to help cover prize awards. 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15th, 2018.

RULES: Your short story must be between 500 and 12,000 words , and submitted in Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced. It may only be submitted electronically.. By submitting your story for the Short Story America Prize competition, you warrant that you are the sole author of the story, and that it has not been previously published.

JUDGES: Five judges will determine the finalists and winners of the Short Story America Prize competition. None will see the name of the author of any story, as we do not want any writer to have an advantage or disadvantage due to name recognition. Therefore, because the stories will be judged solely on their merits as stories, all veteran, emerging and new writers have an equal opportunity to have their stories judged on their quality alone. NOTIFICATION: All finalists will be contacted by fellow author and Short Story America editor T.D. (Tim) Johnston, after the submission deadline has passed and finalists are determined.

READING FEE:  Upon payment through our secure PayPal system (you can use a credit card as PayPal guest if you donít have a PayPal account). You will receive an email confirmation upon successful upload. If you do not receive such confirmation, please contact web administrator
Steve Thompson, and he will verify that your story has either been successfully received or that you will need to send it directly to him. Please remit the reading fee here: Then email your submission(s) to shaper1994@gmail.com
 
 
   Short Story Contest Coordinator (Steve Thompson)  shaper1994@gmail.com

 
 
  THE SHORT STORY AMERICA PRIZE 2017 WINNERS

PRIZES
: FIRST PRIZE: $500 and publication in Short Story America, Volume 6. RUNNER-UP: $250 and publication in Short Story America, Volume 6. THIRD PRIZE: $125 and publication in Short Story America, Volume 6. All finalists will also be published in Short Story America, Volume 6. Up to twenty Honorable Mention selections will also be considered for publication in  Short Story America, Volume 6.

2017 FIRST PRIZE
"Stolen Boy" by Nancy J. Allen

2017 SECOND PRIZE
"The Ways Of Men" by Gregg Cusick

2017 THIRD PRIZE (TIE)
"Children Of The Harvest Moon" by Lawrence Buentello
"Banjo" by William A. Polf

2017 FINALISTS FOR THE SHORT STORY AMERICA PRIZE

"Alvarado" by Nancy J. Allen (Dallas, TX)
"An Empty House" by James Moss (Spokane, WA)
"Bait" by Raymond Hudson (Spokane, WA)
"Banjo" by William Polf (Pittsboro, NC)
"Between, Georgia" by Estelle Ford-Williamson, (St. Helena, SC)
"Children Of The Harvest Moon" by Lawrence Buentello (San Antonio, TX)
"Letter From Effingham Jail" by Jon Tuttle (Florence, SC)
"Love Me Like You Used To" by Kathryn Brackett (Spartanburg, SC)
"This Is What We Do To Men" by Scott William Woods (Guilford, CT)
"Playtime" by Curtis James McConnell (Temple, TX)
"Stolen Boy" by Nancy J. Allen (Dallas, TX)
"The Signaturist" by Thomas Maurstad
"The Ways Of Men" by Gregg Cusick (Durham, NC)
"The Two Ninas" by Richard Hawley, (Ripton, VT)
"The Car Club" by Martin McCaw (Walla Walla, WA)
"A Sensitive Dependence On Initial Conditions" by Gregg Cusick (Durham, NC)
"Approaching Silence" by James Goertel (Rochester, NY)
"Tuesday At The Candy Store" by Nim Stevens (Phoenix, AZ)
"The Two-Dollar Fortune" by Beverly Jean Harris (Rumson, NJ)
"After The Eclipse" by Michele Coppola (Beaverton, OR)



2017 HONORABLE MENTION

"Eye Of The Vandal" by James D. McCallister (Columbia, SC)
"Red Labs" by Atwood Boyd (Wilmington, NC)
"River's Rising" by Garth Pettersen (Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada)
"On Oyster Island" by Stephanie Austin Edwards (Port Royal, SC)
"Tango-19" by John W. MacIlroy (Bluffton, SC)
"The Rock Of Peace" by Douglas Campbell (Point Marion, PA)
"The Dance" by Charlie Williams (Beaufort, SC)
"The Fire Within" by Fredrick Vincent-Omoike
"The Middle" by Atwood Boyd (Wilmington, NC)
"The Party Scene" by Sarah Gilligan
"Amy's Story" by Steven B. Rosenfeld (New York, NY)
"The River Bottom" by Robert Cates
"Violet Eyes" by Frank G. Schafer (Haddonfield, NJ)
"The Sunshine Boy" by Maggie Veness (Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
"Visitors" by John Philipp (Sausalito, CA)
"Whalk" by Ja'Keris Porter (Okatie, SC)
"Peanuts And Rubies" by Katie Piccirillo Sherman (Charlotte, NC)
"Wanderlust" by Susan M. Pomerantz (Medford, NJ)
"Trailer Park Trash" by Susan M. Pomerantz (Medford, NJ)
"The Sainted Aunt" by Scott Archer Jones
"Shine On It" by Bob Mangeot (Franklin, TN)
"One Summer Almost Green" by Marianna Boncek (Woodstock, NY)
"New Puppy" by Ruth Rotkowitz (Peoria, AZ)
"Mountain Man" by Chuck Kramer (Chicago, IL)
"A Month Of Summer" by Gwen Goodkin (Cardiff, CA)
"As Revolutions Go" by John MacIlroy (Bluffton, SC)
"Aboard The California Zephyr" by Jacob G. Adams (Evansville, IN)
"Billy Saves The Planet" by John MacIlroy (Bluffton, SC)
"Garden For Loss" by Jan Bowman
"Rounding Third" by John Smistad (Olympia, WA)
"Hook Wounds" by Katie Piccirillo Sherman (Charlotte, NC)
"A Monkey Looks Better In A Spacesuit Anyway " by John MacIlroy (Bluffton, SC)
"Mr. Barzun Nails It" by John MacIlroy (Bluffton, SC)
"My Side Of The Tumpter Family" by Julia Sennette
"Sweet Tooth" by Miranda Cox
"Unseen" by Mark Jackson
"Faith" by Edward B. Farber (St. Louis, MO)
"In His Image" by Joel Shulkin (Tampa, FL)
"L.A. Siren" by Scott Archer Jones
"Mama's Elegant Solution" by Jayne M. Adams (Beaufort, SC)
"Infested" by Elizabeth Story (Scarborough, ME)
"Jets" by Randy James (Beaufort, SC)
"Purple On Asphalt" by Carol-Ann Rudy (Spartanburg, SC)
"Etched In Stone" by James Ridout (Providance, RI)
"First Date" by John Newlin (Wilmington, DE)
"Funerals, Salads, And Life Lessons" by Loretta Gorman
"Grandpa" by Benjamin W. Farley
"Afternoon" by Julia Sennette
 
 
     
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