Moon City Short Fiction Award

Michele Finn Johnson Wins The 2021 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The editors of Moon City Press would like to congratulate Michele Finn Johnson of Tucson, Arizona, for winning first prize in the 2021 Moon City Short Fiction Award competition. Her collection, Development Times Vary, will be published later this year, and she will be awarded the $1,000 prize.

Michele Finn Johnson’s work has appeared in A Public Space, Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her work was selected for the 2019 The Best Small Fictions anthology, won an AWP Intro Journals Award in nonfiction, and has been nominated several times for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net anthology, and Best Microfiction.

She serves as contributing editor at Split Lip Magazine. Find her online at and on twitter at @m_finn_johnson.

Runners up in this year’s contest are Jeremy Griffin and Lee Ann Roripaugh.

Congratulations to Michele, and thank you to everyone who entered.

The 2022 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Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.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 March 1, 2022. Winners will be notified by Winter 2022 and the winner will be published in Spring 2023.

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:

2020: Andrew Bertaina, One Person Away From You

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.