Eligibility Requirements
The Story Prize Advisory Board

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Story Prize?
How are books considered for the award?
How is the winner decided?
Who will serve as the judges?
When will the finalists be announced?
How will The Story Prize winner be announced?
How can I attend The Story Prize awards ceremony and reading?
What is The Story Prize Spotlight Award and how is the winner chosen?

What is The Story Prize?

The Story Prize is an annual book award honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Each of two runners-up will receive $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English and first published in the United States during a calendar year.

How are books considered for the award?

Publishers, authors, or agents may enter eligible works of short fiction. Guidelines and application forms may be found by following the appropriate links on this site. There is a $75 entry fee for each book.

How is the winner decided?

Larry Dark, director of The Story Prize, and Advisory Board member Julie Lindsey will select three finalists from among the books entered. Three independent judges will choose the winner from among the finalists.

Who will serve as the judges?

The group of judges will have a different composition every year but will consist of a mix of writers, booksellers, readers, critics, teachers, publishers, and editors. The judges this year are bookseller Arsen Kashkashian of the Boulder Book Store in Colorado; Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director of The Center for Fiction in New York City; and award-winning author Laura van den Berg.

How will the finalists be announced?

In early January, we will announce the finalists via a press release, an email message, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on TSP, the official blog of The Story Prize.

How will The Story Prize winner be announced?

The 2014 winner will be presented with an inscribed silver bowl and $20,000 at a ceremony at The New School's Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, in New York City, on March 4, 2015. At this event, the three finalists will read from their books and discuss their work on-stage with Larry Dark, the Director of The Story Prize. After the last author interview, Founder Julie Lindsay will announce the winner. The other two finalists will each receive $5,000.

How can I attend The Story Prize awards ceremony and reading?

The event is open to the general public. We will provide details when we announce the finalists in January 2015.

What is The Story Prize Spotlight Award

The Story Prize Spotlight Award is an additional $1,000 prize for the author of an outstanding story collection that merits further attention. Larry Dark and Julie Lindsey will select the winner at their discretion from among the regular pool of entries for The Story Prize. Any book submitted for The Story Prize will also receive consideration for The Story Prize Spotlight Award. There is no separate entry or added fee. The 2013 winner of The Story Prize Spotlight Award is Byzantium by Ben Stroud.