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Driftwood Press Short Story Contest


  • Submissions will be open from September 1st until January 31st.

  • To alleviate wait times on your end, we will be declining and accepting submissions as we read them. All submissions accepted will initially be given runner-up status. In April or May, one of the runner-ups will be awarded the Grand Prize.

  • Winner and runner-ups will be published in annual anthology.


  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $400 USD 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.

  • Runner-ups will be offered publication, an accompanying interview, $150 USD, and one copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Past Contest Winners

[2023 Contest]

[2022 Contest]

[2021 Contest]

[2020 Contest]

[2019 Contest]



  • Fiction only.

  • 1,000-5,000 soft 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. All work is considered by two editors.

  • Submission fee is $30.00 USD. Each submitter will receive a free copy of a Driftwood Press fiction title of their choosing in the mail. 

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