Fiction Contest

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The 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award winner is Michelle Ross

The editors of Moon City Press would like to heartily congratulate Michelle Ross of Tucson, Arizona, for being named the winner of the 2016 Moon City Short Fiction Award! Michelle’s manuscript, There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, will be published by MCP in the spring of 2017 and will debut at AWP in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Ross’ fiction has appeared in The Adroit Journal, The Common, Gulf Coast, Necessary Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, Moon City Review, and other venues. She has an MFA from Indiana University. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and son. She also serves as fiction editor for Atticus Review.

Please note: The 2017 Moon City Short Fiction Award contest is now closed. Finalists will be announced soon.

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Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.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: October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by spring 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