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The editors of Scribble are delighted to offer a short fiction contest for beginning writers. A beginning writer is one who has never been published.

We invite all beginning writers, age 18 and above, to enter for a chance to win $200, publication in the November 2021 issue of Scribble, and a nomination for the prestigious Pen/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

"The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes 12 emerging writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website, and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers. The 12 winning stories are selected by a committee of three judges who are well-respected experts in the art of the short story. The winning writers each receive a $2,000 cash prize and will be published by Catapult in their annual anthology, Best Debut Short Stories: The PEN America Dau Prize."

 

We look forward to reading your work.

Jae Johnson

Editor-In-Chief

 

  • The contest opens August 1, 2021 and closes October 15, 2021.

  • The fee is $12 per entry.

  • You must be an adult age 18 or older.

  • you must be a beginning writer. A beginning writer has never been published.

  • Your submission must be 2,000 words or less.

  • You may submit separate entries as many times as you like.

  • Each entry must contain one story.

  • Each entry must include your name, email address, phone number, and word count on the cover page.

  • Each entry should be double-spaced and, preferably, in Times New Roman.

  • The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $200, publication in the November 2021 edition of Scribble, and a nomination for the prestigious Pen/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

  • The winner will be notified by November 1, 2021.

  • A shortlist of runners-up will be published in the November 2021 edition of Scribble.