The announcement of the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize has been postponed until summer 2021. The winning book will be published in spring 2022.
Announcing the 2020 winner of our Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
Judged by Zach VandeZande
Some People Let You Down
by Mike Alberti
to be published November 2020
The University of North Texas Press announces the 2021 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer.
Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted starting May 1 and closing at end of date on June 30. The winning manuscript will be announced in January 2021.
We only accept electronic submissions through Submittable.
Our online submissions manager is available here: Online Submissions
In order to ensure that all writers have access to publication, this contest will be open for fee-free submissions on Monday, June 1st from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm.
The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.
Entries must be a collection of any combination of flash fiction, short stories, or novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). Material should be previously unpublished in book form. Once a winner is declared and contracted for publication, UNT Press will hold the rights to the stories in the winning collection. They may no longer be under consideration for serial publication elsewhere and must be withdrawn by the author from consideration.
- Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
- Please include a table of contents.
- Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in twelve-point size.
- Stories included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
- Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
- Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Katherine Anne Porter Award competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.
Blind review: Manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and neither the initial reading committee members nor the final judge will be aware of the names or publication records of the authors. Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.
Some People Let You Down by Mike Alberti was our 2020 winner, judged by Zach VandeZande
Orders of Protection by Jenn Hollmeyer was our 2019 winner, judged by Colin Winnette
Quantum Convention by Eric Schlich was our 2018 winner, judged by Dolan Morgan
ActivAmerica by Meagan Cass was our 2017 winner, judged by Claire Vaye Watkins
The Expense of a View by Polly Buckingham was our 2016 winner, judged by Chris Offutt
Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion was our 2015 winner, judged by Lee K. Abbott
The Year of Perfect Happiness by Becky Adnot-Haynes was our 2014 winner, judged by Matt Bell
In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place by Jessica Hollander was our 2013 winner, judged by Katherine Dunn.
Venus in the Afternoon by Tehila Lieberman was our 2012 winner, judged by Miroslav Penkov.
Out of Time by Geoff Schmidt was our 2011 winner, judged by Ben Marcus.
A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown was our 2010 winner, judged by Josip Novakovich.
Irish Girl by Tim Johnston was our 2009 winner, judged by Janet Peery.
Last Known Position by James Mathews was our 2008 winner, judged by Tom Franklin.
Wonderful Girl by Aimee LaBrie was our 2007 winner, judged by Bill Roorbach.
Body Language by Kelly Magee was our 2006 winner, judged by Dan Chaon.
What Are You Afraid Of? by Michael Hyde, was our 2005 winner, judged by Sharon Oard Warner.
Let's Do by Rebecca Meacham was our 2004 winner, judged by Jonis Agee. Let's Do was selected for the Spring 2005 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.
Here Comes the Roar by Dave Shaw was our 2003 winner, judged by Marly Swick.
The Stuntman's Daughter, a collection of stories by Alice Blanchard, was the 1996 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Ms. Blanchard went on to sign a lucrative contract with Bantam for her first novel, Darkness Peering.