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The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Stella Memorial 2020

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts.

This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2020 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Nicole Chung. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 10, 2020, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers

The contest is now closed, the winner will be announced in Spring 2020. Thank you to all who entered.

Nicole Chung is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. Her first book, All You Can Ever Know, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by nearly two dozen outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR, TIME, Newsday, Library Journal, Real Simple, Goodreads, and Chicago Public Library. Nicole has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Longreads, The Cut, and Hazlitt, and many other publications, and has taught classes and writing workshops for Kundiman, Catapult, and the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program. / @nicole_soojung

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Contest Details and Guidelines
  • Entries should be 750 words or less.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2020.
  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • We do not accept works in translation.
  • Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.
  • You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.
  • We no longer accept mailed, paper submissions. Stories received in the mail will be returned unread with your uncashed check. If you have problems with the online form or are unable to submit online for some extenuating circumstance, please contact Selected Shorts directly at [email protected] and we will make sure your work reaches us.
  • The winner will be announced in May 2020.

2019 Contest Winner

“Eugenie is Anointed” by Jackie Thomas-Kennedy