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Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline: February 15)

Sarabande BooksMary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction includes $3,000, publication of the full-length collection, and a standard royalty contract. Lauren Groff will judge the 2024 contest.


This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande are not eligible. Agented manuscripts are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or current students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible.


  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only)
  • Manuscript must be typed, standard font, 12 pt. 
  • Manuscript must be between 100-250 pages
  • Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which poems in the manuscript have appeared)
  • Manuscript must be accompanied by a $29 submission fee
  • Manuscript must be submitted electronically through Submittable

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, electronic manuscripts can only be edited within a week of submitting, but do note that any publications resulting from this contest will undergo a full editorial and copyedit. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please withdraw the submission if accepted elsewhere.

Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication.

Learn more and submit by the February 15, 2024, deadline.