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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

1 May 2024

Winning Writers

Welcome to the 32nd annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $10 000 in prizes.


  • Story: First prize – $3 500
  • Essay: First prize – $3 500
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • 10 honorable mentions will receive $300 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Final judge: Mina Manchester, assisted by Sarah Halper. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6 000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, or Belarus (due to US government restrictions). Fee: $22 per entry.

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