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The Pinch Literary Awards in Fiction 2023

Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2023March 31, 2023 at the end of the day.

You may submit entries online via this link.

Fiction First Prize: $2,000.00. Judged by Dionne Irving. 

Dionne Irving hails from Toronto, Ontario, and is the author of Quint (7.13 Books, 2021) and The Islands (Catapult, 2022). Her work has appeared in journals and magazines such as The Rumpus, LitHub, The Missouri Review, New Delta Review, and many others. Dionne currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame in the Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.


All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.


Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts can be a maximum of 5000 words. Emailed entries will not be considered.