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Driftwood Press Short Story Contest



​We are excited to announce Jessica Holbert's "Trash Man" as the stand-out winner of our 2020 In-House Contest! Juggling three plotlines in only 4,000 words, the boundless creativity of "Trash Man" uncovers a world in which characters struggle to figure out what they deserve while the trash piles up in the streets. Jessica Holbert's story will be published in the July 2020 issue, only a few months away!


"Moss Mouth" by Jacob Bingham

"Some Survive and Others Do Not" by Amelia Martens

"Hope Was High" by Carrie Grinstead

Lastly, we want to extend our warmest gratitude to everyone who submitted to the contest, including the ten additional semi-finalists. There were hundreds of wonderful short stories sent in, and many of them deserve—and will find—publication. We are ecstatic to continue to publish works of literary fiction that forefront language and take narrative, structural, and thematic risks, and the support of our community of readers and submitters is continually cherished and appreciated. 


  • Submissions will be open from September 1st until January 15th.

  • Winner will be announced in April 2020.

  • The winning short story will be published in 2020.


  • The winner will receive $400 and five copies of the issue in which the story appears. The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published alongside the story.

  • If a runner-up is chosen, their work will be offered publication, an accompanying interview, $100, and one copy of the issue in which their work appears.



  • Fiction only.

  • 1,000-5,000 word limit.

  • A standard, 12-point font and single-spacing is preferred.

  • The work must not have been previously published.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but
    please withdraw the work if the story has been
    accepted elsewhere.

  • Submit works written in English only, no translations.

  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.

  • We read submissions blind, so please do not include your name, email, or any identifying characteristics on the manuscript itself.

  • Base submission cost is $12. Additionally, we are offering a $25 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of the issue in which the winning story will be published. 

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