The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize was awarded to Eric Schlich for his story “Head Over Knees.”  This year’s contest was judged by T.C. Boyle.  You can read the winning entry here.  The second place story was “Barking Dog Nocturnal” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and third place was “Fire” by Brenda Peynado.The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by T.C. Boyle, author of World’s End and The Harder They Come. The winning work was performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and published on The winning writer received $1000 and a free 10-week course with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Details about the 2017 contest will be posted soon.


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2016 Contest Rules


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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, 2016.
  • 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 and we will make sure your work reaches us.

The winner will be announced on this website May 2016.  Please check back.