Eligibility for The Story Prize is restricted to collections of short fiction (at least two stories and/or novellas) by a living author, written in English. Eligible books must be first publication of the work in the United States during the calendar year, in either hardcover or paperback, and available for purchase by the general public. Collections must also include work previously unpublished in book form.

Eligible books may be entered by the publisher, agent, or author. The party entering the book must:

  1. Submit a completed application form along with an entry fee of $75.

  2. Guarantee that the author will be available to attend the awards ceremony in New York City in early March or late February if his or her book is chosen as a finalist.

  3. Send copies of the book to the three judges if the book is chosen as a finalist.

Please send one copy of the entry form, two copies of the book (or one book and one ebook), and a check for $75 made out to 'The Story Prize' to:

The Story Prize
Larry Dark, Director
41 Watchung Plaza, #384
Montclair, NJ 07042

Books published from January through June must be submitted by July 15. Books published from July through December must be submitted by November 15.

If finished copies of November or December books are not available, bound galleys are acceptable. E-books without print editions are not eligible for The Story Prize.

Please direct any questions as to eligibility to info@thestoryprize.org