Moon City Short Fiction Award

Amanda Marbais Wins the 2018 Moon City Short Fiction Award

After a year-long process, the editors of Moon City Press are gloriously thrilled to announce the winner of their 2018 Moon City Short Fiction Award: Amanda Marbais of Chicago, Illinois, for her entry, Impossible Faults. After being a runner-up in last year’s contest, she has won the top prize: publication with Moon City Press and $1,000. Impossible Faults will be published this coming spring and debut at the 2019 AWP Conference in Portland.

We’d also like to re-congratulate the other finalists, including three notable runners-up, which included the following writers:

Randall Brown of Wayne, Pennsylvania
Nicole Callihan of Brooklyn, New York (runner-up)
Sarah Freligh of Rochester, New York
Sarah Layden of Indianapolis, Indiana
Erica Plouffe Lazure of Exeter, New Hampshire (runner-up)
Harmony Neal of St. Paul, Minnesota
Pablo PiƱero Stillmann of Mexico City, Mexico (runner-up)
Ann Ryles of Maraga, California
Rachel Swearingen of Chicago, Illinois
Aaron Weiss of Silver Spring, Maryland

We thank everyone who entered this competition, everyone who has read our books, and all the authors working hard to make their art. We at MCP enjoy being part of the literary landscape and hope to continue in this role for many years to come!

The 2019 Moon City Short Fiction Award is now closed! Finalists will be announced later this year.

The 2020 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Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.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 is October 1, 2019. Winners will be notified by Summer 2020 and the winner will be published in Spring 2021.

First prize: $1,000, 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

Past Winners Of The Moon City Short Fiction Award:

2018: Amanda Marbais, Impossible Faults
2017: Kim Magowan, Undoing
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

All titles are available through the Store page.