The Larry Brown Short Story Award

We’re pleased to announce the third annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st prize $300 USD and a one-year, sponsored membership to Duotrope ($50 USD value); 2nd prize $50 USD; and 3rd prize $50 USD. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2019 issue of Pithead Chapel.

2018 Guest Judge: Silas House

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
  • 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
  • The winners and honorable mentions will be notified by December 15th, 2018, and the prize money will be awarded the day after publication on January 2nd, 2019
  • Those selected as honorable mentions will have the chance to be published alongside the winning selections in the January 2019 issue of Pithead Chapel

2018 Guest Judge: Silas House












Photo by Tasha Thomas

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels—Clay’s Quilt, 2001; A Parchment of Leaves, 2003; The Coal Tattoo, 2005; Eli the Good, 2009; and Same Sun Here (co-authored with Neela Vaswani) 2012—as well as a book of creative nonfiction—Something’s Rising, co-authored with Jason Howard, 2009; and three plays:  The Hurting Part (2005), This Is My Heart for You (2012), and In These Fields, with Sam Gleaves, 2016.

His work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon.  He is  former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.  His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Narrative, Blackbird, Newsday, as well as in anthologies such as Best Food Writing, 2015 and New Stories From the South, The Year’s Best: 2004.  House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College.

He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Jesse Stuart Award, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors.

Previous Awards

2017 Award Winner: R.S. Wynn

2016 Award Winner: Lucas Flatt

Previous Guest Judges

2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente

2016 Guest Judge: Kyle Minor