Moon City Short Fiction Award

The 2018 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author.

Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.

Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page.

Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present. Students, employees, and alumni of Missouri State University are ineligible.

Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable,

A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Deadline extended to November 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by Summer 2018 and the winner will be published in Spring 2019.

First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

For questions, please contact Editor Michael Czyzniejewski at

The 2017 Moon City Short Fiction Award Winner Is Kim Magowan

The Editors of Moon City Press are thrilled to announce Kim Magowan of San Francisco as the winner of its 2017 Moon City Short Fiction Award for her collection Undoing. Kim’s book will be published by MCP in the spring, just in time for the 2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Tampa, FL, and she will receive the $1,000 cash prize. MCP books are distributed by the University of Arkansas Press.

MCP would also like to congratulate its ten other finalists in the competition, including the following authors, two of whom have been selected as official Runners-Up:

Rita Ciresi of Wesley Chapel, Florida
Dinah Cox of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Michael Don of Champaign, Illinois
Jessica Hollander of Kearney, Nebraska
Erica Plouffe Lazure of Exeter, New Hampshire
Amanda Marbais of Chicago, Illinois (Runner-Up)
Wendy Oleson of Walla Walla, Washington
Pablo Piñero Stillmann of Mexico City, Mexico (Runner-Up)
David Stevens of Midlothian, Virginia
Aaron Weiss of Silver Spring, Maryland

We would also like to thank and congratulate everyone who entered this year’s competition, as the talent pool we had to choose from was once again impressive, making our decision very, very difficult.

Past Winners Of The Moon City Short Fiction Award:

2016: Michelle Ross, There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You
2015: Laura Hendrix Ezell, A Record of Our Debts
2014: Cate McGowan, True Places Never Are

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