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Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award


Friday, March 31, 2023


Entry Fees

$15 per story submission


First Prize: $250 and publication in an upcoming anthology, SEASON'S READINGS: MORE SWEET, FUNNY, AND STRANGE HOLIDAY TALES Second Prize: $100 and publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable forthcoming issue Third Prize: $50 and publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable forthcoming issue


We are seeking never-published short stories of 2,000 words or feweron the theme: Holiday Stories. We define “Holiday Stories” as those that take place on or around any holiday from US Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, or stories that reference those holidays. (There are many such holidays, so let your imagination fly for a chance to win.
Our guest judge for this year’s contest is renowned short story writer and editor, Barb Goffman. She has won the Agatha Award twice and the Macavity and Silver Falchion awards once. Additionally, in 2020 she won the Readers Award given out by Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine for her story “Dear Emily Etiquette.” She’s been nominated for major crime-writing short story awards 36 times, including 16 Agatha Award nominations (a category record) and multiple nominations for the Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity awards. 

Contact Information

To learn more, see the 2023 Short Story Award page on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website at:


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