The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The 2014 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The 2014 theme is “Tales After Dark.” The winner receives $1,000 and 2 tickets to the performance of Selected Shorts featuring their work, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Word count: 750 max. Fee: $25. Due on March 15, 2014. Judged by Rick Moody. Enter your story here. Find more information in our Frequently Asked Questions and Official Rules

About this year’s guest judge

Rick Moody’s first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press.  His second novel, The Ice Storm, was released as a film by Fox Searchlight in 1997. He has been honored with a Guggenheim fellowship, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mary Shelley Award from the Media Ecology Association, and the PEN Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. His other works include Demonology, The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, and Purple America. His latest novel, The Four Fingers of Death, was published in July 2010. His most recent work is the book of essays, On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening.

About this year’s theme

“Tales After Dark”: The winning entry will be a part of our June 11 event Selected Shorts: Tales After Dark, which will be an evening of stories set in the wee hours; tales of romance, intrigue, mystery, and magic set in dark, bars, glittery office buildings, all-night diners, movie theatres, cozy living rooms, and lonely highways. Entrants should interpret the theme as they see fit.

2013 Contest Winner:

“When We Lived Together in the Belly of a Whale, Some Nights Were Perfect” by Mara McCormick Sternberg. The winning submission was selected by Jim Shepard, and was read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2013. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner also received $1000 and a 10-week class from Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Mara Sternberg*Mara Sternberg works as a freelance illustrator, a veterinary assistant at an emergency animal hospital, a life model for art classes, and a comic book artist/author. She is currently editing On Nights Like This, an anthology of comics written by survivors of sexual violence. Her comics and artwork have appeared in a number of publications and as a part of group exhibitions. Mara lives in Toronto with her mutt River and her cat Tom Waits. She likes hitchhiking adventures with her dog, riding her bike, and singing old jazz.