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The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award 2023 is currently open for submission. The awards are organized by the University.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award 2023

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award


The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award 2023 is currently open for submission. The awards are organized by the University of Iowa Press, and are open to previously published writers of prose fiction.

Read further for the submission guidelines and the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria For The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award 2023

  • Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition.
  •  Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. 
  • Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. 
  • Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. 
  • Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.

Manuscript

  • The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages.
  •  We do not accept e-mail submissions.
  •  The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author's name can be on every page but this is not required. 
  • Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. 
  • There is no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. 
  • Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 
  • We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.

Publication

Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press's standard contract.

Submission Guidelines 

Manuscripts should be mailed to:

Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writers' Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000


No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. 

Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page and Twitter account

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