The Larry Brown Short Story Award

We’re pleased to announce the second annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st prize $250, 2nd prize $75, and 3rd prize $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel.

2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente

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 on the cover letter; 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, 2017
  • Those selected as honorable mentions will have the chance to be published alongside the winning selections in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel

2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente

Photo by Josh Finnell

Anne Valente is the author of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down and By Light We Knew Our Names. Her second novel, Utah, is forthcoming in early 2019. Her stories appear in One Story, The Kenyon Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer and The Washington Post.


Previous Awards

2016 Award Winner: Lucas Flatt

Previous Guest Judges

2016 Guest Judge: Kyle Minor