The Larry Brown Short Story Award

We’re pleased to announce the seventh annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st $500 USD, 2nd $50 USD, 3rd $50 USD, and 4th and 5th will receive a copy of the book Tiny Love: The Complete Stories by Larry Brown. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2023 issue of Pithead Chapel.

2022 Guest Judge: Kristen Arnett

Contest Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting

  • The contest is open from August 1st to October 31st of each year
  • The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words
  • No previously published work will be considered
  • The writer’s name and contact information should only appear within the cover letter box in Submittable; submissions will be judged blindly by our guest judge
  • Again, no identifying information should appear on the submitted manuscript pages
  • There’s a $10 entry fee for each story submission. A discounted submission category is open to BIPOC writers.
  • Writers can submit multiple entries; however, each entry must be submitted separately and each entry requires an entry fee and cover letter with an address and phone number
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine; however, please withdraw the story immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere
  • The winners and honorable mentions will be notified by December 15th, 2022, and the prize money will be awarded the day after publication on January 2nd, 2023
  • Those selected as honorable mentions will have the chance to be published alongside the winning selections in the January 2023 issue of Pithead Chapel

 

2022 Guest Judge: Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is the author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction. She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter‘s Literary Award in Fiction, has been a columnist for Literary Hub and is a current columnist for Catapult. She was a Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute and was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizing mid-career writers of fiction. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, The Cut, Oprah Magazine, Guernica, Buzzfeed, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Salon, and elsewhere. Her next book (an untitled collection of short stories) will be published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House). She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and currently lives in Miami, Florida.

 

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Previous Awards

2021 Award Winner: Eleanor Walsh

2020 Award Winner: Scott Gould

2019 Award Winner: Stephen Hundley

2018 Award Winner: Robert Maynor

2017 Award Winner: R.S. Wynn

2016 Award Winner: Lucas Flatt

Previous Guest Judges

2021 Guest Judge: Gabino Iglesias

2020 Guest Judge: Jill McCorkle

2019 Guest Judge: Leesa Cross-Smith

2018 Guest Judge: Silas House

2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente

2016 Guest Judge: Kyle Minor