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2024 Curt Johnson Prose Awards for Fiction (Deadline: May 1)

Submissions are open for december‘s 2024 Curt Johnson Prose Awards for Fiction. Tlotlo Tsamaase will judge this year’s fiction contest. Tsamaase is a Motswana author (xe/xem/xer or she/her pronouns). Tlotlo’s debut adult novel, Womb City, is out now from Erewhon Books. Tlotlois a Caine Prize finalist. Xer novella, The Silence of the Wilting Skin, is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for a 2021 Nommo Award. Tlotlo has received support from the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and xer story “Behind Our Irises” is the joint winner of the Nommo Award for Best Short Story (2021). Tlotlo’s short fiction has appeared in Africa Risen, The Best of World SF Volume 1, Clarkesworld, Terraform, Africanfuturism Anthology, and is forthcoming inChiral Mad 5 and other publications. Xe is a 2017 Rhysling Award nominee and a 2011 Bessie Head Short Story Award winner. Xe obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Botswana and won an award for design architecture. Tsamaase is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University.

Contest Details

  • Submissions open from March 1, 2024 May 1, 2024
  • 1st Prize: $1,500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2024 issue of december
  • Honorable Mention: $500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2024 issue of december
  • Contest entry fee of $20 includes a copy of the Awards issue

Contest Entry Guidelines

  • Remove your name and all identifying information from your document and from the file name. Entries that identify the submitter/author will be disqualified without review in order to uphold the integrity of the blind reading process. 
  • Each entry should include one story of no more than 8,000 words. You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry should include no more than one story.
  • Simultaneous submissions not accepted, but contest organizers will respond as promptly as possible.
  • Please include only your name and address in your cover letter.

Learn more and submit here.