The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Selected Shorts is thrilled to announce that the 2015 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, judged by Karen Russell, will partner with our friends Electric Literature.

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts, Electric Literature, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and 2014 guest judge Karen Russell. The winning entry will receive $1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and will be published on electricliterature.com. The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

Please read the contest guidelines before submitting or contacting us. If you have further questions, please reach us as shorts@symphonyspace.org.

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

  • Entries should be 750 words or less. (We sometimes have technical difficulties with our word count in the online form. If the counter reads a number higher than 750, but the text is under 750, you will still be able to enter the form and it will be read. If you have problems with this function, please contact us.)
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 15, 2015.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • We do not accept works in translation.
  • Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.
  • You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 is required for each story.
  • We no longer accept mailed, paper submissions. Stories received in the mail will be returned unread with your uncashed check. If you have problems with the online form or are unable to submit online for some extenuating circumstance, please contact us directly at shorts@symphonyspace.org and we will make sure your work reaches us.

The winner will be announced via email in June 2015 and all entrants will be notified via email.

Electric Literature