Moon City Short Fiction Award

The 2021 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Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.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 has been extended to January 4, 2021. Winners will be notified by Winter 2021 and the winner will be published in Spring 2022.

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

Finalists For The 2020 Moon City Short Fiction Award

Our editors are thrilled to announce the finalists in its 2020 Moon City Short Fiction Award competition. These writers are as follows:

Amber Wheeler Bacon of Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Andrew Bertaina of Washington, D.C.

Timothy DeLizza of Baltimore, Maryland

Erin Flanagan of Kettering, Ohio

Carrie Grinstead of Toluca Lake, California

Michele Finn Johnson of Tucson, Arizona

Bradford Kammin of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Erica Plouffe Lazure of Exeter, New Hampshire

Nathan Oates of Brooklyn, New York

Jan Stinchcomb of Santa Monica, California

Allison Wyss of Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the coming weeks, we will pick one of these authors’ books as the winner, and that author will receive the $1,000 prize and see their book published in 2021 by Moon City Press.

Past Winners Of The Moon City Short Fiction Award:

2019: Pablo Piñero Stillmann, Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks

2018: Amanda Marbais, Claiming a Body

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.