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$15.00 USD

The MAYDAY Fiction Prize will be awarded annually to recognize exciting new short fiction by a writer living and working anywhere in the world.

  • Winners receive $1,000, publication, and 25 broadsides of an excerpt of the winning fiction piece.
  • To be considered, submit up to 6,000 words in a single manuscript by March 1, 2021.
  • All styles, forms, and genres of short fiction are welcome.
  • Manuscripts must be in English.
  • Readers and judges will read blind, so please omit any identifying information (name, address, email, etc.) from the manuscript.
  • Entry fee is $15 until January 31 and $20 after.

Final judge will be Kali Wallace, author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels for adults, teens, and children, as well as a number of short stories and essays. Her first novel for adults, the science fiction horror-thriller Salvation Day, is now available from Berkley. She is also the author of the young adult novels Shallow Graves and The Memory Trees and the children's fantasy novel City of Islands. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. After spending most of her life in Colorado, she now lives in southern California.

  • All entries will be considered for publication at MAYDAY.
  • Submissions for regular publication will resume in March.
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