Nelson Algren Literary Awards: $3,500 Short Story Prize (Submission Guidelines)

One of the year’s best short story contests has arrived.

It’s the Nelson Algren Literary Awards, hosted by the Chicago Tribune. The prize? $3,500 USD. There is absolutely no entry free.

Writers can submit their stories starting November 15th, 2018. (Sadly, it is only open to residents of the United States.)

Stories should be 8,000 words or less.

The grand prize is $3,500. Four finalists receive $750. The total prize money is $6,500, down from $10,000 last year, when they offered five runner’s up prizes as well.

Writers are allowed to submit a maximum of 2 entries. There is no submission fee.

The deadline for submission is January 31st, 2019.

The grand prize winning story will be considered for publication in the Chicago Tribune.

Nelson Algren was a novelist famous for books such as A Walk On the Wild Side, and The Man with the Golden Arm.  According to Wikipedia, Algren portrayed the world of “drunks, pimps, prostitutes, freaks, drug addicts, prize fighters, corrupt politicians, and hoodlums.”

To learn more, and to submit, read their Submittable page.


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