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.

The contest is now closed to entries.  We will be announcing the winner in May.


 Sponsored by:
Electric Literature
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