Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest | 2023

Welcome to the 32nd annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $10,000 in prizes.


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

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Please submit during
October 15, 2023May 1, 2024


  • STORY: First Prize, $3,500
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $3,500
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $300 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Final judge: Mina Manchester, assisted by Sarah Halper. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, or Belarus (due to US government restrictions). Fee: $22 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 30th contest.

First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you. See also our short entry checklist, then click the button below to submit. The results of our 31st contest will be announced on October 15, 2023. The results of our 32nd contest will be announced on October 15, 2024.

Our 31st Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is now closed. Our 32nd contest will open on October 15, 2023.

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