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 writersSelected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2018 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Jess Walter, author of Beautiful RuinsThe winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Read the 2017 contest winner, Lauren Schenkman’s story “A Guide to Fooling Yourself” here.


Entries can be submitted HERE.


Contest Details and Guidelines

  • Entires should be 750 words or less.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 1, 2018.
  • 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 fee 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 in May 2018.
 Sponsored by:
Electric Literature
Enter HERE

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